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Marum: Still more work to be done

Speaking after yesterday’s 20-4 win over the Ipswich Jets, Marum was less than impressed with his side’s first half performance but was relieved to still come away with the win.

“We expected a tough one. Ipswich are a quality side. We got the two points but there were a lot of errors in the first half.

“In the second half, we polished up on our errors and got over the line.

“A win is a win but there’s still a lot of work to be done,” said Marum.

Marum said the team will regroup and prepare for another big match in round 23 against the Townsville Blackhawks.

Hunters overtake Jets with 20-4 win

The visitors found the try line first after a break from the halfway line by Nemani Valekapa, who then flicked it out to Michael Purcell to score in the 8th minute.

The Hunters could not hold on to the ball in the first half; poor ball handling denied them any points with incomplete sets.

The Jets continued to ask questions but the Hunters’ defence was up to the task to keep them out.

It took 39 minutes but the Hunters finally found the try line, thanks to a barnstorming run from David Loko, who shrugged off five defenders before slamming the ball down.

Hunters still at the top

From 19 games played; the Hunters have won 14, lost four, drawn one plus had the two byes. This has put them on 33 points.

The current standings:

SP Hunters (33), Sunshine Coast Falcons (31), Redcliffe Dolphins (30), Easts Tigers (29), Souths Logan Magpies (28), Townsville Blackhawks (26).

The SP Hunters will play the Ipswich Jets in the round 22 fixture at the National Football Stadium this Saturday. This game will start at 3pm. 

Marum makes changes for Round 21 clash

Willie Minoga starts at second row after David Loko was handed a one match suspension for being cited for a dangerous throw.

Back from injury, Wellington Albert will start at prop moving brother Stanton back to his regular lock position and Nixon Put to second row.

Other changes sees Adex Wera to centres while Butler Morris makes a return to wing relegating Paul Wawa to the extended bench.

Enoch Maki also returns from injury and has been named in the 20 man squad.

Marum: The effort wasn’t there

“We knew it was going to be a tough one. We expected a big game. We got off to a good lead in the early part of the second half but then just fell asleep again. The effort wasn’t there.

“It was basic errors that cost us the draw but one point is better than nothing. We’re looking forward to our next game,” said Marum.

Marum added he was still proud of the team’s performance.

“Maintaining our top placing in the competition for this long is not easy. Every team wants to take you out whether it’s a top team or bottom team. It’s a challenge we go through every week.

Hunters and Cutters draw in round 20 clash

The Hunters came out firing asking questions early on putting the Cutters under the pump.

It took 18 minutes for the Hunters to find the try line thanks to the work of halfback Watson Boas who created space out wide for Stargroth Amean to slice through and score.

The visitors hit back only four minutes later after a kick from Nicho Hynes found its mark in Yamba Bowie to fly over on the wing.

Boas was again involved in the Hunters next try this time sending in Israel Eliab to take the Hunters to 12-4.

Hunters with a clear lead in first place

From 17 games, the Hunters have won 14 games, lost three and had the one bye.

They have a points for and against of 166.

The Hunters will have their second bye of the season this weekend in round 19.

Hunters coach, Michael Marum said the bye will do a lot of good for the team.

“It will be good to have the bye. The boys can rest up and go see family and come back.

Marum: Good effort from the team

“There were a lot of errors but a win is a win. But still have a lot of work to do. We need to play like a top side in the competition.

 “We knew it wasn’t going to be easy in the second half but we were prepared to work extra hard to win. It was a good effort from the team,” said Marum.

The Hunters will have the bye in round 19.

“The good thing is we now have a bye so can come back fresh and finish off the season strongly,” said Marum.

Hunters victorious over Bears

The home side hit the front after eight minutes when quick hands allowed an unmarked Paul Wawa to dive over on the wing.

An error by the Hunters in their own half cost them.

The Bears made them pay through hooker Patrick Politoni who caught the defence napping and burrowed his way over the line to score.

Jamal Fogarty added the extras to put his side in the lead at 6-4 after 16 minutes.

The Bears further extended their lead in the 23rd minute courtesy of Matt White's barnstorming run to the try line carrying over four defenders with him.

Hunters maintain top spot

The Hunters have accrued 26 competition points from 12 wins, three losses and one bye. The Hunters have a points for and against of a 138.

The top six teams (after 16 rounds) are as follows:

1)SP Hunters (26), Sunshine Coast Falcons (25), Redcliffe Dolphins (24), Easts Tigers (21), Townsville Blackhawks (20), Souths Logan Magpies (20).

Round 17 will see the Hunters play the Central Queensland Capras this Sunday at the National Football Stadium. The game will get underway at 3pm.