POMRFL into round two

In games played yesterday in the U20 men’s, Hawks def. Tarangau 8-0, Hohola Flies def. Defence 6-4, Butterflies def. Paga Panthers 14-0.

The only A Grade men’s fixture saw Hohola Flies beat Defence 22-8.

Round two games will be completed tomorrow on field two at the National Football Stadium.

The draw for tomorrow:

10:45am-Kone Storms vs Magani (U20), 11:30am- Dobo Warriors vs Royals (U20), 12:30pm- Butterflies vs Paga Panthers (A), 1:30pm- Kone Storms vs Magani (A), 2:40pm- Wests vs Kone Tigers (A).

Hunters romp home to 36-16 win

A try to Nixon Put and a double to Bland Abavu gave the Hunters an 18-10 lead at half time.

The second half was all one-sided traffic with the Hunters running in another three more tries to Karo Kauna Jr., Moses Meninga and Watson Boas.

The home side snuck in a late try in the 79th minute through Johnny Faletagoa'i and was converted by Nicholas Hynes right on the full time siren.

Hunters’ captain and half-back, Ase Boas was flawless with the boot converting all six tries to cap off a comfortable win in round five.

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Maloney field goal ends Knights comeback

The home side looked in control of the match when they held a 12-point lead with 11 minutes to go, before tries to Knights outside backs Brendan Elliot and Jacob Gagan got the visitors level at 18-all with seven minutes left.

Barras lose by 82 runs to UAE

Knocks from Rameez Shahzad (87), Muhammad Usman (58) and Ghulam Shabber (50) gave the Barramundis a target of 292 to chase down.

On debut, Alei Nao was the best of the Barramundis’ bowlers with 2/47 off his ten overs.

The Barramundis’ run chase got off to a strong start with Tony Ura and Vani Vagi Morea putting an on opening partnership of 82 runs for the first wicket.

But losing Lega Siaka (9) and Assad Vala (4) put the Barramundis on the back foot.

Some fight from the middle order gave the Barramundis some hope at 5-169 needing 123 runs inside ten overs.

Cowboys too good for Rabbitohs

After 20 minutes of arm-wrestle football that saw both sides go close on multiple occasions, Johnathan Thurston was the man to break the deadlock with a penalty goal in the 20th minute.  

2017 PNG NRL comp to start in April

Newly appointed Chairman of the PNG NRL, Adrian Chow announced this yesterday at a press conference in Port Moresby.

“We will be sending out the application to participate in the new competition to the franchise teams.

“These will be completed by next week Friday. Thereafter, our executive board will assess the applications and those successful will be signing a formal participation agreement

“The season launch will be on April 19,” said Chow.

Sharks focused on Knights, not GF replay

Cronulla have started the year 2-2 and know they can't afford a slip up at this stage of the season given the Storm and Roosters have already jumped two wins clear after the first four rounds. 

While it would be easy to have one eye on the game down in Melbourne, back-rower Wade Graham said that wasn't the case. 

Boas brothers to lead

SP Hunters coach, Michael Marum said Watson has been playing well off the bench which pushed him into the starting side.

“The combination with brother Ase and Gahuna will allow them to steer the team around the park,” said Marum.

In other changes made- Israel Eliab goes to the centres, Bland Abavu shifts back to fullback and Stargroth Amean will play on the wing. Karo Kauna Jr. will start on the other wing.

 Marum said Radley Brawa will become Hunter #52 when he starts off the bench this weekend.

Stats that matter: Round 4

Mixed results for milestone men

Broncos bracing for bruised Bulldogs

The Bulldogs put in a horrible performance in Round 4, losing 36-0 to the Manly Sea Eagles – making 12 errors and missing 29 tackles in the process. 

It has left Canterbury reeling in 13th position with just one win for the season, but Brisbane are expecting an improved showing when the two meet at ANZ Stadium.