LAHORE – Five-star Raul Laplacette steered Bank Alfalah to 8-4½ triumph over Guard Filters while four-star Santiago Mendivil helped Newage Cables to defeat Master Paints by six goals to four in the Nurpur Polo Cup here at the Lahore Polo Club on Tuesday.

In the first match of the day, Guard Filters, having one and half goal handicap advantage, scored the first goal of the first chukker through Hamza Mawaz Khan. Bank Alfalah players then played superb polo and piled up three goals in the first chukker two goals by Raul Laplacette and one by Sameer Habib Oberoi finishing the chukker 3-1.

Ahmed Ali Tiwana started the second chukker with impressive goal for Guard Filters making it 3-2 which was levelled by banker’s Sameer Habib Oberoi making the score 4-2 at the end of second chukker. The third chukker was completely dominated by Bank Alfalah as they hammered three goals, two by Raul Laplacette and one by Atif Yar Tiwana. The fourth and last chukker saw one goal from Bank Alfalah managed by Raul Laplacette and one by Hamza Mawaz Khan of Guard Filters finishing the match 8-3. Guard Filters have one and half goal advantage thus the final score was 8-4½.

Santiago Mendivil burst impressive four goals in Newage Cables 6-4 triumph over Master Paints in another match of the day. Shah Shamyl Alam was another key player for Newage Cables who managed two goals for his team. Vieri Antinori smashed three goals and Saqib Khan Khakwani hit one for Master Paints but could not save their team to face defeat.