For the first time in their short history, the PNG Hunters will be able to sew up the minor premiership title with a win over Wynnum at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.
The Hunters have the edge over the Seagulls having won 4 out of 6 games since their inception into the ISC in 2014. However, this round 24 match up will be no easy task as Wynnum will be fresh off a bye, and have also beaten teams of the quality of Redcliffe and East Tigers in the last month of football.
The Hunters on the other hand have been struggling midway through the season. Their struggles have come about due to ill-discipline and a lack of ball control. However, their round 23 win in Townville was particularly impressive considering they had to defend for the first 20 minutes of the second half with the Blackhawks throwing everything at the Hunters line. The PNG outfit did not concede a single point during that period and with their first opportunity in attack, made Townsville pay with a try to Israel Eliab in the 62nd minute. Eliab crossed again minutes later, sealing an impressive win against a quality side.
Current PNG Kumuls captain David Mead will be playing for Wynnum and will add class to an already solid Seagulls backline. The visitors’ forward pack have also been imposing in recent weeks and will no doubt be on a mission. This game will test the Hunters once again and how they respond will be intriguing.
My tip is for the Hunters to continue their dominant form at home. It will be a tough affair for most of the game but the class of Stargroth, Eliab and the Boas brothers at the back of a rampant Hunters pack will prove the difference. Hunters by 14.
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