A number of positions look likely to be locked in as the business end of the Intrust Super Cup brings out the best of the Papua New Guinea Hunters in their inaugural season.
The Hunters’ five-eighth position looks to be sealed with mesmerising incumbent Dion Aiye, settling in well in his new role.
Aiye was at his best in preparing the field for halves partner, Roger Laka to attack in their Round 21 match against the Burleigh Bears.
Aiye’s well-weighted kicks into the in-goal area kept putting the Burleigh Bears under pressure.
“This is the position I prefer. I do play well in other positions but I feel more comfortable in the halves.
“This is the best game I’ve ever had,” said Aiye, after the match.
“My partnership with Roger Laka is looking good and I’m settling in well.”
Meanwhile in the backline, captain Israel Eliab’s guile, strength and speed is setting him up to be a strong contender for the fullback position.
He is shaping up to be an all-rounder, having played in the halves, the centres and now at fullback.
The combination of Laka, Eliab and Aiye created problems for the Bears. They (Bears) had less time to conjure up an attack as the trio were in their faces every time they had possession.
After the match Aiye was fittingly awarded the man-of-the-match award from Southern Enterprises owner, Rudy Terracinni.
“I enjoyed the match so much.
“This was the best performance by the Hunters so far” Aiye added.
Aiye backed up his kicks by leading the attack in the Bears danger zone.
Coach Michael Marum agreed that the partnership between Aiye and Laka was now working.
“The halves combination of Laka and Aiye is working very well as last week’s performance has shown.
“Our forwards were really on the go,” Marum said.
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