After two record losses in a row, the EPG Mioks will be primed for a big game against the only unbeaten team in the competition the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis when both sides collide at the Johnson Siki oval in Wabag this week Sunday.
The Mioks, in their proud history haven’t recorded back to back losses regularly and it is quite scarce that they go on to lose 3 games in a row and this weekend in Wabag, they intend to stop the rot and put a dent in the high flying Lahanis winning run. On the other hand, the Lahanis haven’t recorded a win in Wabag in over two years and the Mioks are gunning to keep it that way.
Mioks coach Timothy Lepa was left scratching his head after last week’s defeat when his side was ambushed in the Tiger’s den at Lae. Lepa is a leader of men and his players would have copped an earful after two below par performances. Captain courageous David Loko has been kept quiet and there are sceptics saying that he may be carrying an injury which has hindered his damaging best and only a barnstorming display will prove them wrong. There are spots to be filled in the Kumul’s World Cup side and Loko along with Essau Siune have to step up against their fellow PM’13 squad members Wesley Mohokule and Gonzella Urakusie in the Lahanis side.
The Lahanis have had to call upon their playing stocks from the Goroka Rugby League nursery and the youngsters have paid dividends after being handed the white and red jersey of their province. Their young guns have warmed to the task and are playing like seasoned players along with the old hands of Mohokule, Urakusie, Nicko Ubile, Adex Wera, Kevin Inagafa, Yapa Kapu and Spiro Mikaive. The performances of little general Robin Soga in recent weeks at halfback has left many questioning where this kid has been all this time as Soga has been waiting in the wings behind first choice halfback in Walter Hasu who has now gone on to join the Tigers in 2013. Soga’s direction in the middle will allow five-eight Joseph Peter to get the ball to his outside men in Wera, Inagafa and Mikaive to get across the try line. The Mioks halves combination of Roger Laka and Mai Tom play similar types of roles for their club and the battle in the halves will only be won by the side whose forwards set the platform for them to operate on.
The Lahanis have played away to less threatening teams and this week against the Mioks looms as their litmus test and only they can decide their fate and the final result once the final siren sounds on Sunday.
Source: PNG DIGICEL ,Marketing Excutive - Rolf Kekedo