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Papua New Guinea

Capital Rugby Union gains intensity heading into finals for women

BY PRISCILLA HARRY

Top of the table clash for Capital Rugby Union as the Moni Plus Novettes stand firm to take on third placed Wanderers  in  the women’s Rugby 10’s semi finals which takes place this Saturday at the Bava Park.

Kramer Ausenco Sisters have scraped into 4th place after defeating Gangloff University Piggies last weekend in their washout match and will now play second placed Harlequins.

Top team Nova will lock horns with arch rivals 3rd placed Wanderers who have been their nemesis in recent times.

CRU Competition manager Paul Joseph said women’s rugby has been picking up well for the Union body this year.

With the competition gaining momentum and popularity, and the supporter’s base growing, they are in for a treat as well with the last phase of round nine this weekend.

For the women’s Moni Plus Nova, Harlequins and Wanderers are on 20 points and it will be a hustle to see for any of the three second to fourth place teams make the final bout to face Novettes  while Kramer Ausenco Sisters sits at 12 points.

Gangloff University Piggies has finished on 8, as well as LCR Juggernauts  and Valley Hunters registering 4 points each.

For the men’s premier competition, Gangloff University Piggies were back in the winning circle after hammering Wanderers 60-15 while reigning champions Kramer Ausenco Brothers held the undefeated Harlequins 27 all on Sunday and Moni Plus Nova maintained 3rd place defeating Crusaders 24-10.

LCR Juggernauts could not continue from their first premier grade win with the premiers going down to the hot and cold Valley Hunters,

“Yes as we march towards the finals, any slip ups in the matches will be costly for any one team hence all will be aiming to maintain status quo right through,” Joseph said.

He said their matches of the round this weekend will see Kramer Ausenco brothers take on the ever-improving Moni Plus Nova who have grown in confidence inspired by their new uniforms and if they can maintain their current form, it will be a tussle for both teams.

Meanwhile, Harlies should account for Crusaders, Wanderers must bounce back against Valley Hunters if they want to play finals rugby and LCR Juggernauts has a mountain to climb against the Piggies.

The unofficial ladder for the men’s premier stands at Harlequins 34, Kramer Ausenco Brothers 31, Moni Plus Nova 26, Gangloff University Piggies 25, Valley Hunters 19, Crusaders 10, Wanderers 6 and LCR Juggernauts 5.

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