Win boosts Hunters’ confidence

Yesterday’s win over the Tweed Heads Seagulls was just what the SP Hunters needed in their quest to defend their premiership title.

After two consecutive losses playing away, the 32-18 victory has put the Hunters back on track, says coach Michael Marum.

“It was good to get a win back at home after two losses away so it was good for our confidence.”

However, Marum conceded it was a scrappy win from his team.

“There were a lot of mistakes but it’s something we can work on.

“We’re slowly working on our combinations. We’ll review the game at our video session and go through everything there.”

Captain and five-eighth Ase Boas agreed with the coach.

“It was good to be back on the winning track but like the coach said, we’re still building up our combinations and trying to understand each other.

“That’s what we were trying to do, to get more confidence at home before we go out and try to get the win playing away.”

Boas, who was the standout player for his side, said the match was just what was expected – a very physical encounter.

“They’re always a physical side at home and away too, we always expect a tough game against them. But we stuck to our game plan and came away with the win.”

Boas added the much relieved win was also the perfect send off for fullback, Stargroth Amean.

“It’s his own decision and we wanted to send him off on a good note with a win.”

On his side’s performance, Seagulls coach, Ben Woolf, says his team just wasn’t consistent enough.

“It was a tough game. We knew it was going to be the case over here. They were too good for us today.

“We showed some signs that we were capable of doing some good things but we just weren’t consistent enough.

“We’re a young side and I think we’re heading in the right direction and keep getting better.”

(Edene Gabbie soaring over the line for his second try in yesterday’s clash with the Tweed Heads Seagulls)

Troy Taule