Very happy with the first up effort. That was how PNGRFL and SP PNG Hunters CEO Brad Tassel summed up the Hunter’s historical 26-18 win over Northern Pride in the first Intrust Super Cup trial rugby league match at Barlow Park in Cairns last night.
Tassell said there’s a lot of talent on display and the right mix of players but it was just a trial and were not getting carried away.
“We will continue to work hard to improve and fix a lot of areas that were identified and need attention.
“Coach Michael Marum and the coaching staff know it’s a long season and “we have to do this every week”.
“Having said that it was an excellent start to our campaign for 2014,” Tassell said.
Pride scored first after six minute when the ball was spread out with Semi Tadulala diving over in the corner.
Four minutes into the second quarter, Hunters captain Israel Eliab created history when he scored the first try to level the scores 4-all. Eight minutes later Thomson Tehteh scored outwide to take the Hunters to an 8-4 lead. Pride however hit straight back through a converted try by centre Justin Castellaro to take a 10-8 lead at half time.
Eight minutes into the second half and third quarter, Hunters fullback Alex Wera scored under the posts and with the conversion successful led 14-10. A minute into the final quarter Tyrone McCarthy scored to level the score. Pride led with eight minutes left when Blake Leary scored. The Hunters crowd went wild when PNG Hunters scored a converted try to lead 20-18.
The score was put beyond doubt when the Hunters scored on full time to seal a historic 26-18 win
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