Burleigh Bears vs PNG Hunters
PNG HUNTERS 42
Tries: Adex Wera (11m), Adex Wera (16m), Wartovo Puara (49m), Adex Wera (55m), Adex Wera (60m), David Loko (63m), Karo Kauna Jr (71m)
Goals: Ase Boas 6 Conv, 1 Pen
BURLEIGH BEARS 6
Tries: Kurtis Rowe (3m)
Goals: Keanu Te Kiri 1 Conv
By Dan White
Burleigh Bears head home with a two-game winning streak to face up to the PNG Hunters who bounced back with victory over the Dolphins. What was looking to be a one-sided clash will be a lot closer now that the Bears have remembered how to play.
Last time out:
Burleigh headed north and kept in front of the more favoured Blackhawks They dominated possession and Daniel Vidot ran for an amazing 257 metres in 23 runs. An awesome effort and his name is missing from both this team-list as well as the Titans for whom he is signed. The difference was a converted penalty but they left with a prize scalp and will be happy with their team’s performance against one of the richest rosters in the competition.
The Hunters shared the load well, with ten of the seventeen players covering more than one hundred yards each, it was the type of football that only they are capable of. They shared the defensive load well and restricted the previous leaders of the comp to only two tries. When both attack and defence are working this well, your opponent should be worried.
Who to look out for:
In a game of metres gained, it will be up to the likes of Luke Page to lead the way for the Bears. His 189 metres was excellent for the Prop and he will need similar numbers if the Bears are to challenge the Hunters this Sunday.
The Hunters will be looking Esau Siune to step up against Luke as he will need to take up the missing metres after Henry Noki was not named and his effort of 210 metres will be missed. The Hunters like a forward’s battle and the Bears would be wise to make them turn around and run after kicks to slow them down.
How they will win:
The Bears will be ready to face up to a big pack after downing the Blackhawks. They will be looking to continue on with a very similar plan in defence with the Hunters. Can they tire them out and can they create gaps for their own to make the yards? Tough task but with a kicking game that gained over 600 metres for the match, it is a tactic that they can execute.
The Hunters will need to watch out for the early kicks and then do as they did with the Dolphins and exhaust the tacklers so they can run over them as the game goes on. The advantage that the Hunters have with so many contributors is going to show as the match wears on. That even their wingers are sizable lads will make this achievable and it worked well last weekend.
Two teams that will make for a very watchable game, but I am going to favour the Hunters. They shared the effort on both sides of the ball and will come in to this clash in slightly better shape. That, combined with the loss of Vidot, make the Hunters the favourites and they should run out comfortable winners. PNG Hunters by 6+.
1. Kurtis Rowe 2. Henare Wells 3. Sami Sauiluma 4. Connor Broadhurst 5. Oliver Regan 6. Keanu Te Kiri 7. Daniel Schwass 8. Luke Page (c) 9. Christopher Law 10. Matt White 11. Jamie Dowling (c) 12. Hayden Schwass 13. Parahi Wilson 14. Tyler Sparkes 15. Samuel Grant 16. Darren Griffiths 17. Dylan Kelly
Coach: Jim Lenihan
1. Bland Abavu 2. Stargroth Amean 3. Israel Eliab 4. Adex Wera 5. Karo Kauna Jr 6. Ase Boas (c) 7. Watson Boas 8. Henry Wan 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Esau Siune 11. Nixon Putt 12. David Loko 13. Wellington Albert 14. Rahdly Brawa 15. Willie Minoga 16. Stanton Albert 17. Moses Meninga 18. Enock Maki 19. Wawa Paul 20. Ishamel Baikawa 21. Butler Morris
Coach: Michael Marum
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