The SP PNG Hunters were hunted by the Northern Pride outfit 34-18 in the round four matches of the Intrust Super Cup Competition played this afternoon at Kalabond Oval in Kokopo. David Loko and skipper Israel Eliab’s efforts weren’t in vain while the last year’s minor premier team maintains the top spot.
The ‘Kalabond’, capital Kokopo ran its third week of the Intrust Super Cup competition.
The SP PNG Hunters and competition leaders, Northern Pride, went head to head in the top of the ladder clash.
The momentum was stagnant in the opening stanza as both teams tested defenses.
Eight minutes into the first half, hunters opened the scoreboard with a David Loko’s try.
Half – back Noel Zemming ran the kick between the sticks for Hunters to lead Six-Nil
It was certainly not a stroll in the park for Northern Pride as they responded with a try through an unmarked winger to equalize the scoreboard at 6 points apiece.
The Prides were true to their name and didn’t let the Hunters crowd faze them as they capitalized on Hunters ball handling errors.
They eventually registered a try, turning up the heat on Hunters.
The Hunters replied back through winger Garry Lo, after David Loko infringed from the ruck.
Noel Zemming slotted in across the black dot, levelling the tally 12- all at half- time.
In the second stanza, the pride came in fired up from the locker room.
It’s the Pride way, as they ran rings around the Hunters outfit, giving them a run for their money.
They bagged three tries and capitalized on the penalties while the Hunters managed one converted try as they succumbed at 34 points to 18.
The Prides were certainly all business as they made a historic trip to PNG. Hunters will now prepare to take on East Tigers at Langland Park in Brisbane.