PNG Hunters moved into second spot on the Intrust Super Cup ladder after a comprehensive 38-10 victory over Tweed Heads Seagulls in Kokopo yesterday.
The game was all but over by half-time after the Hunters had raced away to a commanding 34-0 lead.
Tweed simply couldn’t go with the Hunters in the opening 20 minutes as the home team posted tries through Wartovo Puara, Kato Ottio and Stargroth Amean for a 16-0 advantage.
It became 22-0 when halfback Roger Laka kicked in behind the line for the flying Ase Boas, who did the rest for the first of his three tries.
The points eased off in the second half, with the Hunters restricted to the one try from man of the match Boas in the 70th minute.
Tweed put up a much better fight in the second half, posting two tries of their own to Kalifa Faifai Loa and Oliver Percy.
The Seagulls have a bye in Round 5, while Papua New Guinea are away to the Sunshine Coast Falcons.
PNG HUNTERS 38 (Ase Boas 3, Stargroth Amean, Oti Bland Tony, Kato Ottio, Wartovo Puara tries; Roger Laka 5 goals) def TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 10 (Kalifa Faifai Loa, Oliver Percy tries; Jamal Fogarty goal) at Kalabond Oval, Kokopo.
PNG Hunters: 1. Stargroth Amean 2. Oti Bland Tony 3. Ase Boas 4. Kato Ottio 5. Edward Goma 6. Israel Eliab (c) 7. Roger Laka 10.Esau Siune 9. Wartovo Puara 8. Henry Noki 11. Willie Minoga 12. Brandy Peter 13. Adam Korave 14. Warren Glare 15. Atte Bina 17. Jay Jay Garrison 18. Nickson Borana
Tweed Heads Seagulls: 1. Shaun Carney 2. Kalifa Faifai Loa 3. James Wood (c) 4. Davin Crampton 5. Matt Parata 6. Ricardo Parata 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Damian Sironen 9. Dom Speakman 10. Hemi Mullen 11. Matt Robinson 12. Dane Clarke 13. Luke Dumas 14. Blake Anderson 15. Sam Saville 16. Mark Offerdahl 17. Oliver Percy