PNG fight back to topple Mackay
By QRL Media
The PNG Hunters overcame a poor start to go on and record their first win in Mackay on Saturday night with a 34-20 result over the Cutters.
As they have in a number of their previous games this season; the Cutters got off to an ideal start and played a great first half of football to get out to an early lead, with centre Johnny Faletagoa’i finding a gap in the PNG defensive line to cross in the fourth minute.
The Hunters responded soon after when five-eighth Watson Boas capitalised on some good lead-up work from impressive fullback Stargroth Amean, before the home side retook the lead with a classic hooker's try from Andy Gay darting over the line.
Howard Brown’s follow-up moments later had the Cutters celebrating a 16-6 lead – but they let their opposition back into the game just before the break when big Enock Maki went over underneath the posts to narrow the halftime lead to 16-12.
In the second half, the Hunters quickly took the opportunity to firstly claw their way back into the lead with Wartovo Puara in the number 7 for this game going over in the opening minutes, before eventually taking it away from them with tries to Ishamel Baikawa, a second to Boas and Adex Wera to seal the match.
Next weekend, the Hunters will be at home hosting the ladder-leading Townsville Blackhawks while the Cutters will again be in Mackay to host the Norths Devils.
PNG HUNTERS 34 (Watson Boas 2, Wartovo Puara, Ishamel Baikawa, Enock Maki, Adex Wera tries; Noel Zeming 5 goals) def MACKAY CUTTERS 20 (Howard Brown, Andrew Gay, Johnny Faletagoa’i, Brenden Treston tries; Liam Taylor 2 goals) at BB Print Stadium, Mackay.
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