Hunters go down in first home match

The SP PNG Hunters lost its first home match of the year, going down to the Northern Pride 24 – 0 yesterday in Port Moresby.

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.

The Pride scored again in the 31st minute through Shawn Bowen to extend the lead to 18 – nil going into halftime.

After half time, the Hunters mounted some pressure but could not convert into points.

Even the referee received some treatment from the crowd over some of his calls.

In the 64th minute, Jake Hampson scored to put the game beyond doubt for a 22 – nil scoreline, before Jake Clifford made it 4 from 5 to win it for the Pride to 24 – 0.

Cedric Patjole