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Papua New Guinea

Rigo rugby league competition heads into elimination finals

RUGBY LEAGUE

RIGO Rugby League, an affiliate of PNG Rugby Football League’s Southern Confederate has revived its competition and now heads into finals eliminations.

Thanks to Vitis Industries, the competition including teams, players and the rugby league followers in this rural Central province out station can now witness footy action at the main Kwikila station.

Interim administrator Manu Lofena told the Post-Courier that Rigo rugby league (an affiliate of Southern Confederate) came to a stand-still.

“When Rigo Rugby League came to a stand-still, Southern Confederate director Gwaibo Mairi decided to step in and as confederates, we do not want to see fail competitions,” Lofena said.

“I’m here just as an administrator or what they call interim president to run the competition until the finals are set, prize money distributed and after the finals a proper AGM (annual general meeting) will be held for the Rigo Rugby League association.”

Lofena said they previously had 10 teams participating but one team pulled out and they were left with nine before heading into a six-team finals format.

Last Saturday’s A-grade elimination finals saw Giroea Roosters edging out Kwikila Dragons 8-4 while Bigai Brothers survived are strong physical match against Imuty Maganis 8-6.

The Roosters and Dragons match locked up 4-4 at full time but both teams muscled they way through to the extra time golden points.

The men in white outfit prove themselves determined to score the winning try and so they managed to barge their way through to seal off the match with a four point victory.

In the main game, Brothers stamped total control with their second half game performance especially tightening up defensive sets and exerting pressure out from their danger zone with good kicking set plays to win the match.

The competition is proudly backed by Vitis Industries who beautified the whole field with Mosin branded goal posts and sideline in-goal posts.

– BY SIMON KESLEP

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