The Hunters new boys impressed in their first outing for the club, with debutants Justin Olam and Benjamin Hetra amongst the tries in PNG’s 36-18 win over the Magpies at Davies Park yesterday.
The visitors are yet to lose a match against Souths Logan and were pleased to keep that record intact – despite being under some early pressure from the spirited Magpies.
Home ground supporters were cheering early when centre Scott Doyle opened the scoring for the Magpies out left, thanks to a Sam Scarlett pass.
Scarlett was one of a number of Broncos in the Magpies line-up who put in a good performance – with a handful of squad members including Souths Logan junior Anthony Milford watching in the crowd.
While the home side got off to the perfect start, their good work was undone almost immediately, with an error from a tough kick-off handing the Hunters their first proper chance with the ball.
Young gun Justin Olam went over in the left to open the Hunters account and put their on the winning path.
It was a tight first half however, with the Hunters wayward goal kicking letting the Magpies stay within two points at the break, with PNG holding a slender 12-10 lead.
Things opened up for the Hunters in the second however with some entertaining tries scored.
Along with Hetra’s on debut – one of the more impressive for the Hunters was the try to Henry Noki which saw the big front rower run through for a clever kick ahead to score untouched.
While both teams were scrappy at times, both were able to break the line of their opponents ensuring an entertaining game.
Round 2 will see the Magpies at home again as they host Redcliffe, while the Hunters will head to Wynnum to take on the Seagulls.
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PNG HUNTERS 36 (Wartovo Puara, Justin Olam, Adex Wera, Ase Boas, Benjamin Hetra, Henry Noki, Oti Tony tries; Ase Boas 4 goals) def SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 18 (Scott Doyle, Samuel Scarlett, Daniel Tamou, Matt Trnka tries; Scott Doyle goals) at Davies Park.
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