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The Kindeng Storm and NN1 Rabbitohs have both finished the opening round of the 2021-2022 Coca-Cola Ipatas Cup Jiwaka Challenge undefeated, winning all three of their group matches.

The two sides will now progress to the regional qualifiers with their opponents set to be decided after this weekend’s second round in Kimil.

Based in Papua New Guinea’s Highlands, sixteen teams have qualified for the Jiwaka leg of the Ipatas Cup.

Teams have been broken into pools of four, with the top side from each pool to qualify for the Ipatas Cup Finals.

The Coca-Cola Ipatas Cup was formed by the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) and Governor Ipatas to provide opportunities for rural and village teams to compete in a national competition and showcase the talent available from those regions.

Starting in the Highlands, the competition has grown to incorporate teams from across the Papua New Guinea mainlands and across New Britain, with a record number of sides set to take part in 2021/22 and regions like New Ireland and AROB to take part for the first time ever.

Friday 14th January

Kindeng Storm 26 KK United 4
Highway Raiders 6 Masa Bee Eels 4
NN1 Rabbitohs 24 Anglimp Ku 12
Kudjip Banning Rangers 18 Kuma Cowboys 4

Saturday 15th January
Kindeng Storm 13 d. Masa Bee Eels 8
Highway Raiders 24 d. KK United 6
NN1 Rabbitohs 16 d. Kuma Cowboys 8
Kudjip Baning Rangers 20 d. Aglimp Ku 0

Sunday 16th January
Kindeng Storm 12 d. Highway Raiders 2
Masa Bee Eels 20 d. KK United 0
Aglimp Ku 14 d. Kuma Cowboys 4
NN1 Rabbitohs 6 d. Kudjip Baning Rangers 2