Hunters' first win in away game

The SP PNG Hunters have defeated the Wynnum Manly Seagulls 18 – 16 in close encounter this afternoon in Brisbane.

This is the first away game they have won coming out from a bye and a devastating 5th loss against the Burleigh Bears a week ago.

It was probably the line-up that Hunters head coach Michael Marum did to give his side a fighting chance away from home.

Neck-to-neck with three tries to each side, the Hunters had the upper hand with an extra two points from a successful penalty.

In the 10th minute of the first half, Wynnum Manly Seagulls opened the scoreboard, leading the Hunters 6-nil with a successful conversion through Patrick Templeman and Shaun Nona’s first try.

Hunters returned the favour 10 minutes later. Left centre Willie Minoga scored for the Hunters and captain Ase Boas met him halfway with a conversion.

Just three minutes from that kick-off and the Seagulls scored their second through hooker Mitch Cornin. Seagulls were now leading with 6 extra points.

However, desperation pushed the Hunters further for another try just a minute later.

Watson Boas levelled the score just before halftime.

Into the second half, Hunters secured the two pointers with a penalty kick from Boas.

The Seagulls were not backing down, going in for their third try through Daniel Ogden, but an unsuccessful conversion held them at bay before Mack Truck Minoga scored the winning try in the 76th minutes, giving the Hunters their first away from home win, with 18 points to the Seagulls’ 16 at the final whistle.

(File pic of Hunters captain Ase Boas – Picture:

Salome Vincent