Intrust Super Cup Grand Final – MATCH REPORT
PNG Hunters vs Sunshine Coast Falcons, Suncorp Stadium
24th September, 2017
PNGHunter’s, Ase Boas, wins the toss. Great start for today’s Intrust Super Cup Grand Final.
I suspect Hunters have the PNG Fans heart but they’ll also want PNGs Justin Olam for SCF to have a great game.
SCF Boys make their way out the field followed by the Minor Premiers, PNG Hunters.
Jacqui Hunter, who also sang the anthems at the Kokomos 9s yesterday, sings the PNG National Anthem followed by the Australian National Anthem sung by Kate White.
Here we go – SCF Kicks off!
SCF shift the ball wide and fast and Mathew Soper-Lawler crosses to open the account for the SCF just 2 mins into the match.
SCF Joe Stimson misses the kick. SCF 4 v PNG 0.
Joe Stimson carves his way to the try line & converts for the SCF making it SCF1 0 to PNG 0 Kick To Come.
8 missed tackles just 8 mins in for the PNG Hunters.
Forced Error by the SCF gives PNG possession via the scrum.
Ase Boas puts through the kick but the SCFs have it covered.
SCF threaten the PNGHunters line but their defensive line holds.
PNG Hunters threaten the line but push the pass and lose possession.
PNG Hunters score the penalty for not clearing the ruck.
PNG Hunters fail to work the final play and effect a changeover.
Key part of PNG Hunters success is off the back of Ase Boas’ kicking game. The SCF have that well & truly covered.
Wellington Albert drops the ball and the PNG Hunters turnover possession.
PNG Hunters need to settle the play. Return to their structure and clean up the errors.
se Boas puts the kick through, SCF Hughes cuts through the PNG defence but eventually PNG force a dropped ball and regather possession.
Poor ball security, pushed plays & incomplete sets are costing the PNG Hunters dearly.
PNG Hunters have abandoned their own structure. They need to return to what has worked so successfully for them.
End of the first half at Suncorp Stadium. PNG 0 to SCF 10.
HALF TIME COMMENTARY:
Hunters seem to be somewhat steamrolled by the SCF who appear to be playing the Hunters natural game. However, that said, the game is still within the Hunters grasp. Instituting their own structure, cleaning up the errors, improving ball security and completing sets of six are all doable – as is the flambouyant, quick succession try scoring brilliance that the Hunters are more than capable of.
Second half here we go!
SCF Scott Drinkwater drops the ball from the kick off.
PNG 9 v SCF 10
Ase Boas kicks the ball through for Watson Boas PNG Hunters for a possible try. Video Ref award try.
Ase Boas adds the extras making it a 4 point ball game.
PNG 6 v SCF 10
PNG Hunters earn a penalty. This is a key opportunity for PNG.
Ase Boas puts up a high kick but SCF Hughes withstands the PNG attack to take the ball.
SCF Fullback Jerome Hughes lets the ball go over the sideline from an Ase Boas kick. PNG have the ball 10m out.
PNG Hunters 5m out blow a perfect opportunity with another dropped ball.
SCF run the risk of huge fines leaving Captain, Dane Hogan, who is suffering the obvious effencts of a HIA.
Stargroth Amean adds to the endless number of PNG dropped balls today.
And in the story of the day Bland Abavu drops another PNG ball. Giving the ball to SCF on their line.
12 mins left of the intrustsupercup Grand Final match & PNG force the knock on. Scrum feed to the Hunters.
Ase Boas kicks & SCF Gerahty draws a penalty for offside. And again the PNG fail to put the points on the board with a poor pass & another dropped ball.
Watson Boas is down after being kneed in the head in the tackle. Watson Boas leaves the field on a medicab.
Brandy Peter’s rookie play the ball error cost PNG possession on the second tackle. 4 mins to go.
PNG Hunters fend off what looked to be a certain try with some excellent defence. They’re now on the SCF 40m line.
TRY TRY TRY to PNG by Willie Minoga!
PNG 10 v SCF 10. 1 min to go with a kick to come. WOOHOO PNGHunters!
Ase Boas does it. HE ADDS THE EXTRAS.
PNG 12 SCF 10. FULL TIME FULL TIME FULL TIME.
PNG Hunters ARE 2017 Intrustsupercup PREMIERS!
@QLDPNGKokomos Congratulate PNGHunters on their 2017 Intrust Super Cup Premiership win after just 4 years in the competition!
The Duncan Hall Medal Winner is awarded to Ase Boas of the PNG Hunters. Caps off a professionally perfect year for Boas who has amassed a swag of top flight awards this year.