Marum blames loss on undisciplined play

SP PNG Hunters coach Michael Marum has blamed the loss against the Norths Devils on undisciplined play.

Hunters went down to Norths Devils 32-18 in round four of the Queensland Intrust Cup in front of 5148 supporters at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

Marum admitted that it was undisciplined play from the team, especially during the first half and early in the second half, giving away four penalties.

“We got off to a bad start and we allowed four easy tries,” said the coach.

“Our kicks at the end of the sets didn’t go well, allowing the Devils to score 12 points in less than five minutes.

“We cannot do that in this type of competition and that’s something we’ve been working hard on our kicking game and making sure that we are completing all our sets with good kicks,” Marum said.

Devils coach Mark Gliddon said it was a great game of football and his players really worked hard since day one for this win.

“The Hunters are definitely the top four teams and to compete with them and get a good result over here shows the determination and organisation of our 17 players.

“We had a little bit of luck on our side and sometimes that happens.

“We’ll enjoy this win and hopefully we can maintain this performance throughout the season,” Gliddon said.

Gliddon thanked Marum and the Hunters for the hospitality during their stay in Port Moresby.

Quintina Naime