PNG HUNTERS 26
Tries: Willie Minoga (2m), Ase Boas (26m), Willie Minoga (57m), Wartovo Puara (70m)
Goals: Ase Boas 3/4 Conv, 2/2 Pens
NORTHERN PRIDE 10
Tries: Marcus Jensen (51m), Col Wilkie (61m)
Goals: Jordan Biondi-Odo 1/2 Conv
By Dan White
The Hunters roared back to form with a dominant dismantling of the Burleigh Bears and the Pride surprised many with an away victory over the Devils. Will the Hunters regain Top Spot or will the Pride continue their climb up the ladder?
Last Time Out:
The Hunters faced off against the Burleigh Bears, a team that had won their last two matches and were at home after knocking over the Blackhawks. The Hunters were tracking down some consistency after losses to the SC Falcons and at home to the Devils raised some question marks surrounding their form. The Bears hit the front after only three minutes, but it was the only time they troubled the scorers. Adex Wera took Centre stage with a four try performance and with six out of seven conversions and a successful penalty Ase Boas took advantage of a return to form with the boot. Hard afternoon for the locals, but the visitors would have flown home, happy with such a strong performance.
The Pride were also in enemy territory as they took on the Devils, who stumbled to their third loss in a row after the Pride first levelled then led after an early Devils try. Coach Ty Williams would have been proud of his charges, as they controlled the game from the ten-minute mark until well into the last 20. Yes, the Devils came close, but the Prides four try to three victory was well earned, defeating a side with some serious talent.
Who to Watch Out For:
Gideon Gela-Mosby and Bradley Stephen will be facing off against the wing/centre combination of Adex Wera and Wawa Paul. Both Gela-Mosby and Stephen crossed for the Pride and kept their direct opponents off the scoreboard and so they know what they need to do in defence. Adex may have to pass the ball off to his winger and share the points if they want to score and win this game.
How They Will Win:
The Pride have to go in with the confidence gained from their unexpected win last week. With Gela-Mosby back from the Cowboys, they have a serious weapon who has excellent speed, and they will need to use him to try and pin the Hunters down on their own line when they get to the kick. Make the bigger Hunters pack move more than they like and create space for Ben Hampton to exploit as the game goes on. Teams have won up in Port Moresby in recent visits, and no team would head up there without thinking they cannot do the same.
The Hunters should continue on with what worked so well last weekend. Cutting runs close to the lone exposed the gaps and they were exploited. The Pride are a different side when they have some of their Cowboys players back, they will have to respect them and put in the effort for the full eighty minutes, as the Pride will continue to play, even if the Hunters stop.
Hunters at home used to be one of the safest bets in the competition. After a comfortable victory, they may be at risk of being to casual for the Pride and will need to guard against getting jumped. If they can lead at half time, they should be comfortable victors at the whistle. Hunters by 6+ over an improving Pride.
1. Stargroth Amean 2. Bland Abavu 3. Israel Eliab 4. Adex Wera 5. Wawa Paul 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. Enock Maki 17. Stanton Albert 18. Butler Morris 19. Ishamel Baikawa 20. Moses Meninga
Coach: Michael Marum
1. Jared Allen 2. Gideon Gela-Mosby 3. Bradley Stephen 4. Luke George 5. Marcus Jensen 6. Jordan Biondi-Odo 7. Ryan Ghietti (c) 8. Darryn Schonig 9. Benjamin Hampton 10. William Bugden 11. Graham Clark 12. Tom Hancock 13. Joel Riethmuller 14. Colin Wilkie 15. Troy Kapea 16. Patrick Mago 17. Connor Jones 18. Brad Lupi 19. Jack Brock 20. Nathan Wales 21. Aidan Day
Coach: Ty Williams
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