NORTHS DEVILS 32
Tries: Matiu Love-Henry (2m), Javarn White (5m), Dalton Phillips (15m), Delouise Hoeter (36m)
Goals: Todd Murphy 4 Conv, 4 Pen
PNG HUNTERS 18
Tries: Bland Abavu (25m), Bland Abavu (55m), Ase Boas (65m)
Goals: Ase Boas 3 Conv
BY DANIEL WHITE
PNG head home after holding off a fast finishing Magpies side. They remain undefeated for the year and would like to keep the streak going against the surprising Devils. The Devils dropped their first game this season, but have strung together a pair of solid victories over the Bears and Jets, two sides that most had high in their estimates before the season began.
Who to look out for:
Centre Willie Minoga crossed twice for the Hunters last weekend and will be looking to do the same, if not more against the Devils backs. He will be facing off against Delouise Hoeter who has crossed the line for three tries himself so far this season. This contest will be vital for the outcome and will also be exciting to watch.
How they will win:
The Devils will need to get everything and more out of their pack in Humid Port Moresby. They have yet to face the full force of a humid game and it will be how well they can adjust to the conditions that will impact on how they complete the match.
The Hunters will rely on what is already working well for them so far this season. Playing at home in one of the best home field advantages available (hot, humid and a vocal crowd) and they feed off the crowd with every score. It can sometimes work against them, but if they maintain their game plan then they should be solid victors on Sunday.
The Hunters are had to go past when they play away. At home, they are even better. The Devils could cause an upset but for mine, it will be the Hunters and comfortably. Hunters by 8+.
1. Stargroth Amean 2. Bland Abavu 3. Adex Wera 4. Willie Minoga 5. Paul Wawa 6. Israel Eliab 7. Ase Boas (c) 8. Henry Wan 9. Silas Gahuna 10. Esau Siune 11. Lawrence Tu’u 12. David Loko 13. Stanton Albert 14. Watson Boas 15. Moses Meninga 16. Enock Maki 17. Wellington Albert 18. Noel Joel 19. Ishamel Baikawa 20. Karo Kauna
Coach: Michael Marum
1. Javarn White 2. Michael Lucas 3. Delouise Hoeter 4. Luke Pollock 5. Dane Chang 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Todd Murphy 8. Francis Molo 9. Billy Brittain (c) 10. James Taylor 11. David Faamita 12. Matiu Love-Henry 13. Dalton Phillips 14. Joseph Bond 15. Michael Pearsall 16. Michael Molo 17. Stephen Coombe 18. Mattais Heimuli 19. Tui Oloapu 20. Jarryd Dodd
Coach: Mark Gliddon
R7 PNG 38 Norths 22
R16 Norths 24 PNG 8
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