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PNG qualifies for a grand final spot in the Queensland Intrust Super Cup competition
The SP Hunters have secured the first Grand Final spot of the 2017 Queensland Intrust Super Cup competition.
This follows their huge defensive effort to edge an equally determined Redcliff Dolphins 6-4 in an emotionally charged grand final qualifier before a packed National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.
It was too good to be true, with some of the Hunters players unable to hold back their emotions with players shedding tears of joy for the historic win.
A mountain of defence was thrown at the Dolphins who were kept try-less in a rare outing, as the visitors could only muster two penalties in the first-half.
Dolphin’s winger Jonus Pearson converted the first penalty at the 15th minute and then Hugh Prat the second on the stroke of half time to take them to a 4-0 lead.
The Hunters scored the only try through captain Ase Boas in the 65th minute, after a Dolphins turnover.
This led to an individual effort by Boas to break through two defenders to score the leveler and then the conversion to take the lead for the first time.
The crowd were on the edge of their seats at every tackle as the Hunters defended like their lives depended on it.
The Hunters finally held on to the final hooter to confirm their Grand Final booking at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on September 24.
Stargroth Amean was solid in defence, with the Hunters holding their line on the edges, Bland Abavu and Butler Morris both held out their opposition on the right edge, where the Dolphins were looking to expose.
The Dolphins used prop Matthew Lodge as a battering ram, but the home side held steadfast with gang tackles being the order of the day in a feature performance.
Hunters coach Michael Marum commended the team’s defensive effort and their courage not to give up.
“We never gave up and held on to the win, the Dolphins came strong but we held out in the end.
“We had the wind behind us in the second half so we needed to hold on to the ball,” Marum said.
The Hunters now await the result of the Sunshine Coast Falcons and Dolphins match this weekend, which will determine the Hunters Grand Final opponent.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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