The SP PNG Hunters have bounced backed into the winners circle after three consecutive loses defeating the Tweed Seagulls 34 -18 at home in Port Moresby on Saturday.
Coach Stanley Tepend said that win came about because the boys never gave up.
“With the disappointing loss last week at home doubled with injuries and suspensions, the boys had to re-gather and to play their role this weekend” Tepend said.
SP PNG Hunters Beat Tweed Seagulls 34 - 18 [Photo by SP Hunters]
This resulted in the Tommy Moide diving over from the ruck under the sticks 9 minutes after Tweed five-eight Toby Sexton crossed over in the opening minutes of the first half.
Both conversion were successful bringing the scores 6 all 10 minutes into the first half.
With 13 minutes in, Seagulls Captain Lindon McGrady crossed over at the back of an offside penalty and a successful conversion increasing the visitors lead by 6 points.
Hunter’s Utility Centre Julius Igila slipped one up his sleeve7 minutes into the first half when he grounded Joshua Mire’s kick in the corner with Mavoko adding the extras to his impressive goal kicking stats.
With the injection of former hunters forwards Casey Dickson and Philimon Kimisive, the hunter ran rampant holding off the visitors before Morea Morea’s dancing feet had him cross over on the left edge evading the seagulls in the try line before diving under the uprights.
After going down to Northern Pride at home last week, the Tepend coached side worked on their defence to keep the nosy Seagulls 12 to 18 at half time.
With a record attendance of 6899 at the Santos National Football Stadium, the home side gave no room for the visitors 20 minutes into the second half with a solid defence.
The homes side defence paid off when Rodrick Tai dived in the corner to extend the hunters lead to 22-12.
It was all Hunters in the second half when Solo Wane’s 45 meters run-away try from a dropped ball and veteran forward, Junior Rop barging over with a try with Mavoko adding the extras 4 minutes before the hooter bringing the visitors trailing behind 34-12.
Kaleb Ngamanu crossed over 20 seconds into the final half bringing the final score to 34-18.
After going down to Blackhawks-round 9, WM Seagulls and Northern Pride rounds 10 & 11, the hunters are back on track in round 12 and will be looking to seal their second win at home in round 13 of the hostplus cup against the Clydesdales at the Santos national Football Stadium in Port Moresby next week Saturday.
Kalang FM / PNG Hunters News
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