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After disposing Cebu, galloping Laguna sets its sights on slumping Davao

Ernie Nierras and Marjo Allado talked at the waterlogged BFS pitch an hour before kick off. Art Enriquez/Stallion Laguna
By Kevin Estrada

BI√ĎAN -- For Stallion Laguna gaffer Ernest Nierras, Sunday's win over Global Cebu is a fitting end to their week-long stay in their stable.

However, his biggest relief is that their tiff with the wooden-spoon side went on as scheduled, even lauding the league's decision to move the kick-off earlier by an hour when rains brought by recently departed Domeng almost made the pitch look like a rice paddy.

"Ultimately the weather did not become a factor. I thank the PFL for making the adjustment for starting the game earlier," he said.

Nierras added that his captain Ruben Doctora finally got his long overdue man of the match accolade, saying that the club leans on his leadership to bring the herd back to their glory days.

"Where he goes, we go," he quipped about his skipper who were at his side since the first day of the club's existence.

Nierras added that they are setting their sights already at Davao Aguilas on Sunday by adjusting his side once again, with Carlo Polli and Matthew Nierras not featured on the team sheet, with the latter seeing his streak of consecutive appearances ended at 38 dating back to the inaugural season of the PFL.

"This is his first rest, because of a stiff neck," he jokingly added. "We rested Polli purposely, because I did that same thing last week with Balot [Doctora]. It worked."

For the past week, the results clearly showed that they are galloping upward ahead of the second half season, as they anticipated the arrival of Gino Clarino and Paolo Bugas that will boost their horse-power as they push for honors, something that they tasted last 2013.

"We run like horses," he concluded.

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