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The Mendi Muruks have returned to the winners circle after defeating Mt Hagen in Lae, despite a late fightback from the Eagles.

Up 24 – 10 at the 70th minute mark, the Muruks looked in control at Lae, before two quick tries in two minutes saw Mt Hagen close the gap to four.

Mendi sealed the match with a try in the 75th minute to record a 30 – 20 victory, their fifth for the season, but will be concerned with how many points they leaked in the game.

The win sees Mendi solidify their spot in the top three, whilst Mt Hagen drops to sixth.

Leading 12 – 4 at halftime, the Muruks had their opportunities to shut down the match when they scored early in the second half to lead by 14, but the Eagles kept chipping away at their lead.