Lae Tigers too strong for Owan Titans

first_imgTitans showed class in the first 40 minutes, leading 12-6 in a trial match played at Yonki yesterday in front of a packed local crowd.Tigers scored a successfully converted try in the first quarter after some strong performances by both sides.After studying the Tigers’ game, Titans coach Merrah Kipefa regrouped his troops resulting in them running over the line twice to collect eight points.The conversions found the mark, ensuring the home side went for the break with a 12-6 lead.Local supporters were over the moon, seeing a semi-professional team trailing behind the local boys.However, realising a possible danger, the Tigers took things more seriously and fought back hard in the third quarter with tries accumulating to 24 while the Titans were still on 12.Tigers added more in the final quarter before the Titans crossed the line once, bringing the final score to 34-16 in favour of the visitors.Local support was split because Tigers got some of its new recruits from the Titans.Kipefa, who is also the local Member of Parliament, thanked the Tigers for giving his talents a game at their home turf.”We have had a unique relationship with the Tigers for some time now and this match comes at the back of that, providing an entertainment for the community,” Kipefa said during a dinner after the match.He added that bringing a city-based semi-professional team to his district was a boost for the local league and was also a positive development in engaging with youths and families.Tigers coach Stanley Tepend acknowledged the Titans team and management for organising a wonderful match.”Titans participate in our 9s and other competitions in Lae and every year we get some of their boys into the Tigers squad,” Tepend said.This season, two young talents were added to the squad who played at their home soil yesterday.Next weekend, the Tigers will have another trial match against the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis in Goroka.Meanwhile, the Tigers season launch will be held on April 15 in Lae with a special appearance by an Australian league legend.(The Owan Titans after yesterday’s match.)last_img

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