Northern Pride

Hunters go down in first home match

The SP Hunters had no answers to the Pride onslaught as they raced to an 18-nil lead at half-time with a polished performance.

Five-eighth, Jake Clifford, put on a master class performance to steer the Pride to a win.

Following a fumble by Gairo Kapana from kick-off, the Pride crossed over the 3rd minute through Mathew Musumeci to take a 6-nil lead.

William Bugden would score 3 minutes later after sustained pressure on the Hunters.

The Hunters with possession were unable to make any inroads with many errors.

Hunters come back to beat Pride

The home side were determined to cause another upset and showed it stalling the PNG boys 12-0 after seven minutes.

This came through tries from Connor Jones and Sheldon Powe-Hobbs.

The Hunters fought back just after the 20 minute mark through Wartovo Puara Jr.

The score at half-time was left at 12-4.

Northern Pride extended their lead to 14-4 in the 47th minute after Jordan  Biondi-Odo converted a penalty to make it three from three for the night.

Then the Hunters took the lead when Bland Abavu (60) and Israel Eliab (72) crossed.

Wellington Albert out, Muka Peter Kulu in

In his place for tomorrow’s round 16 clash against Northern Pride in Cairns, coach Michael Marum has named 20-year-old Muka Peter Kulu in the starting line-up.

Kulu made his debut off the bench as Hunter #53 last Saturday.

Captain Ase Boas returns to his five eighth role while Wartovo Puara Jnr moves back to hooker.

Marum said Enock Maki has been ruled out with an ankle injury while David Loko has been omitted.

Ismael Balkawa and Noel Joel have been released to their clubs.

Hunters down Pride

The ‘freight train’ Minoga had the crowd of 6, 738 on their feet in celebration after only the 2nd minute of play when he crossed over the line for his first of the match.

Captain Ase Boas converted the try giving the Hunters a 6-0 lead.

Boas made it 10-0 in the 26th minute when he dummied and stepped into a gap to run forty metres to score on the wing.

These were the only points from the first half.

A penalty right in front in the opening minutes of the second half gave the Hunters an opportunity to extend their lead.

Hunters extended squad named for round nine clash

Paul Wawa has been called up to the starting side to replace Karo Kauna Jnr, while Stanton Albert and Moses Meninga who are both returning from injury have been named on the bench in the 20-man squad.

Last weekend’s four try hero, Adex Wera who was placed on report for a dangerous throw has been cleared and will take his centre position with Bland Abavu on the wing and Stargroth Amean at fullback.

The 20-man squad is:

Hunters looking to win away match

With three of the key Hunters players – Justin Olam, Bland Abavu and Adex Wera – suspended following a video review after last week’s game against the Townsville Blackhawks, Hunters coach Michael Marum added Wartovo Puara Jnr, Adam Korave and Nixon Borana in backing the team.

Meanwhile, the Pride are playing for exactly that and have shown plenty in their last three matches with wins over Burleigh and Tweed, as well as a narrow 22-20 loss to the Blackhawks.