SP Hunters concede 16-point defeat

Unnecessary errors by the SP Hunters ensured a stroll in the park for the Easts Tigers in the Intrust Super Cup round 4 match.

The hosts of Langlands Park walked off with a 30-14 win this afternoon in Brisbane.

It was a game of missed opportunities for the SP Hunters as the Tigers capitalised on their every misstep.

Eleven minutes into first half and Brandon Downey registered the first four points for his team. A conversion by Aaron Booth made sure the hosts were 6 points ahead.

Six minutes later, Aaron Booth went in for the kill again. He then successfully converted for a 12-nil lead.

The Hunters were quite dominant in their defense but were unable to cross the Tigers’ line until 25 minutes into the match when Charlie Simon’s agility paid off with his first try of the season.

Unfortunately, he was unable to convert, with the scores at 12-4.

The Tigers were able to score soon after, thanks to a penalty from the visitors.

The home side registered another try just when the hooter went off.

The teams went for break with the scores at 22-4.

A return from second half saw a determined away team testing the Tigers’ defense.

The pressure paid off with Junior Rau swiftly evading defenders on the left wing to register a much-needed try for his team.

Former captain Ase Boas converted to put 22-10 on the scoreboard.

Still high from his first try, Rau slid over the line four minutes later. Boas went off mark this time with his boot, with the scores at 22-14.

The Hunters’ high ended when Tom Hughes returned fire in the sixty-sixth minute, thanks to a loose ball. An unsuccessful conversion left the scores at 26-14.

Still not satisfied, Hughes crossed over for his team’s final try of the round 4 match, ensuring his team walked off with a 16-point victory.

(Hunters celebrating Junior Rau’s try)

Carmella Gware