Tigers Take Home Melanesian Cup
LAE Snax Tigers took the Melanesian Cup back to Papua New Guinea after beating the Nadi Aviators 40-4 last week at Lawaqa Park. Nadi Aviators coach, Vela Tawake said they had a lot to learn from their last game of the season, “considering the mistakes we made, forced mistakes and not once did we complete a set.” Tawake added that the Lae Tigers capitalised on their mistakes as the Nadi team had 16 drop balls during the match. “The match was a huge learning curve for us and we will just have to see where we go from here.” The game was a big lesson for them and they could not point a finger or blame anybody, he said Before the Melanesian Cup Champions Lae Snax Tigers returned to PNG, an elated Coach Stanley Tepend said the team’s win had to be credited to their hard work. “I told the boys that we should start off strong and because our fitness level was up to standard, they managed to win convincingly,” Tepend said. Recounting the team’s performance, Tepend said they had stuck in the first 10 minutes of the first half but came back strong, settling with three converted tries to lead with 18 points at half time. He said the Aviators had been strong in defence against the Tigers in the first half but could not maintain the grip in the remaining minutes of the game. “The Aviators are a good side, they just got to work on their basics and fitness. The big boys in the Aviators team were really good,” he said. He added the Aviators had a team dominated by other teams in Fiji Rugby League and some were even NRL class players who had played in the previous Melanesian Cup challenge in 2016 against Rabaul Gurias.
LAE Snax Tigers after winning the Melanesian Cup