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PNG Hunters reclaim Stan Joyce Cup with 12 - 10 win over Redcliffe Dolphins

Adex Wera
The SP Hunters reclaimed  the Stan Joyce Cup with   12 - 10 tightly contested  low scoring match   against the competition leaders Redcliff Dolphins  at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby on Sunday.

The man of the moment  and center Adex Wera scored two tries to help his team beat the Dolphins in a game that was riddled with errors from both sides.

The visitors were first on the board in the 23rd minute after Moses Pangai pounced on the ball to score, after an error made by Stargroth Amean from a Christian Hazard kick.

The kick from Joshua Beehag right from the sideline was good enough, sailing between the posts to make it 6-0.

In his first game back for the Hunters this season, Wartovo Puara Jr. led the Hunters right back in the game, forcing a lineout to build some pressure on the opposition.

With a repeat set up their sleeves, Ase Boas looked to the wing and with an inside ball, sent Adex Wera crashing over in the 27th minute of the match.

Boas then added the extras to lock the score at 6-6.

These were the only points scored in the first half.

The Hunters pushed to the lead in the 46th minute when Boas converted a penalty goal from right in front.

Poor ball handling continued to rule the game as it entered into its final quarter.

The Dolphins took back the lead after 65 minutes through some individual brilliance from five-eighth Tyson Gamble, who weaved his way in and out of the defence to find the try line. Beehag’s kick this time fell short, giving the Dolphins a narrow lead of two points.

The winning try came nine minutes out from full time when Wera stepped past former Hunter Thompson Teteh to score near the posts and chalk up the Hunters' fifth win this season from seven games.

Despite the win, the Hunters are placed 5th on the competition ladder. Next week, the Hunters will travel to Australia to take on the Burleigh Bears.

Instrust Super Cup ladder after round 7: Source: QRL 

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