BY KEVIN TEME Defence won the Lae Snax Tigers their 2019 Digicel Cup premiership title-walking away with K65,000 prize money. Coach Stanley Tepend said their victory came at a back of a strong defensive plan and they stuck to the game plan which won them the victory. “It’s just defence, I think from the start and it comes down to defence and not the big plan, block plays and we had a game plan to go through the middle and just stick to the same but credit to the Wigmen, as they did so well in the last couple of weeks and made it this far,” he said. Tepend admitted, to face Wigmen, they had to work extra hard and study their game structure for the two weekends that they were on bye. “We really worked hard and we were confident as we had to study them hard and credit to my boys for also for sticking to the game plan,” Tepend said Tepend said the boys stood the pressure and experience also played a big role in overpowering the Wigmen outfit. “ I think the spine, six, seven, nine and the one, they’ve done that before in the SP PNG Hunters and when the pressure is built up, you need those sort of spines who are an important players to step up,” Tepend said. Tepend said Mark Anthony was good, Joe Joshua tried all day, Noel Joel and Wessa Tenza having a nine rotation with a bit of experience paid off well with the forwards complimenting each other and they did well and everything worked out well for us,” a proud Tepend said. Meanwhile Tepend was a surprised man after seeing fans and supporters of Lae Snax Tigers turning out in numbers at the Oil Search National Football Stadium in Port Moresby. “I am actually surprised, we had a lot of supporters than expected and credit to them. This victory is for them,” Tepend said. Tepend who earlier in the week predicted that Kroton Hela Wigmen’s fans and supporters would outnumber the Tigers fans was shocked realising that Tigers fans also came in numbers roaring from all four corners of the NFS on Sunday. Tepend said this victory is dedicated to all the families back in Lae, Morobe Province and across the country. “Just to all our family members, we had the Minister for Communication and member for Finschhafen Renbo Paito coming to the camp this morning (yesterday) to talk to the boys and guys like him and all our family members in lae. This is for them,” Tepend said.