PNG Hunters vs Easts Tigers
PNG HUNTERS 30
Tries: Stanton Albert (4m), Henry Wan (22m), David Loko (30m), Adex Wera (70m), Israel Eliab (77m)
Goals: 5 Conversions
EASTS TIGERS 20
Tries: Charlie Galo (50m), Shane Neumann (66m), Conor Carey (74m), Conor Carey (79m)
Goals: 2 Conversions
With such a potentially exciting game in Port Moresby this weekend, we have not one but two previews from our experts.
PREVIEW FROM THE NORTH with Daniel White
Hunters get an early home game and will look to make the Tigers sweat it out. The Hunters were too good last weekend and the Jets managed a low scoring draw. Will the lack of firepower damage their chances in Port Moresby?
Who to Look Out for: Last weekend, I chose Ase Boas as the Hunter to watch out for, and he is it again. He was key and core to the win and will be much viewed on tape by the Tigers as they head north for this clash. Who for the Tigers will step up? It must be his opposing player in Brayden Torpy. He has to hunt him down at every opportunity and ensure he is not allowed to create his beautiful chaos.
How they will win: The Hunters have a large mobile pack and a back line that does not look much smaller, they will be looking to try and out muscle the Tigers and play an almost Melbourne Storm style of game where they beat you up for 60 minutes and score for the last 20. God knows that’s what I would do if I was coaching. The Tigers will need to play smart. Deep early kicks to run the legs off the big guys and restricting Boas at every opportunity (Broken record going on here). Do this and they may take the puff out of the Hunters and make the gaps appear for themselves.
Hunters by 12, mainly due to the lack of scorers shown by the Tigers last weekend. The heat of Port Moresby is not as bad as the humidity at this time of year, but it will sap the life out of those who are not prepared for it.
PREVIEW FROM THE TIGERS with Matt Crowhurst
The PNG Hunters host their first home game of the season at the National Football Stadium on Sunday and history tells they are always are to beat there. However, the Tigers are one of only three teams to beat them at home, so will take some confidence from that.
The Tigers played out an enthralling draw in Round 1 and, while not necessarily happy with the result, will take some positives from the game. They defended very well, Scott Drinkwater looking dangerous in attack and Jake Foster and Conor Carey are starting to strike up a nice combination on the left. The forward pack has traditionally been a strength for the Tigers and this season looks to be no different.
This will be another tough assignment for them however and after last week’s draw they need to get a win on the board. Especially as things do not get any easier next weekend when they meet impressive Round 1 winners the Redcliffe Dolphins.
The Hunters opened their 2017 account with a hard fought 22-16 away win over the CQ Capras. Halfback Ase Boas was in everything scoring two tries in the first half and setting up William Aquilla just before break. With the game on the line Willie Minoga, newly returned from a year with the Blackhawks, showed how dangerous he will be this year. Michael Marum has him replacing Thompson Tetah in the centres and he has the speed and strength to be a real threat to any defence.
Expect another close encounter with the home ground advantage being just enough to swing it the Hunters way.
Odds: Hunters $1.45, Tigers $2.75
1. Bland Abavu 2. Butler Morris 3. Adex Wera 4. Willie Minoga 5. William Aquila 6. Israel Eliab 7. Ase Boas (c) 8. Henry Wan 9. Gahuna Silas 10. Esau Siune 11. Nixon Putt 12. David Loko 13. Stanton Albert 14. Lawrence Tu’u 15. Wellington Albert 16. Enock Maki 17. Moses Meninga 18. Karo Kauna 19. Ishamel Baikawa 20. Watson Boas
Coach: Michael Marum
1. Gerard McCullum 2. Jarrod McInally 3. Shane Neumann 4. Conor Carey 5. Linc Port 6. Billy Walters 7. Brayden Torpy 8. Steven Thorpe 9. Tommy Butterfield 10. Mark Nicholls 11. Jake Foster (c) 12. Dean Britt 13. Jack Svendsen 14. David Murphy 15. Matt Zgrajewski 16. Charlie Galo 17. Scott Drinkwater 18. Luke Lavelle 19. Timothy Lomai 20. Liufau Hala
Coach: Scott Sipple
2016 R20 PNG Hunters 38 Easts 8
|National Football Stadium|
|Lloyd Robertson Oval, Port Morseby|