Boas hat-trick defeathers Gulls

 THE Papua New Guinea Hunters have climbed to second spot on the Queensland Cup ladder after thrashing the Tweed Head Seagulls 38-10 in their Round 4 match in Kokopo yesterday.
Coach Michael Marum’s charges, though without key centres Thompson Teteh and Adex Wera due to injuries, registered seven tries to the Seagulls’ two at the ‘Graveyard’ Kalabond Oval.
By half-time, the Hunters had gunned-down the Seagulls 34-0.
Man-of-the-match Ase Boas, who is a halfback but had to ply his trade in the centres covering for Teteh, scored a hat-trick to boost the Hunters, who lost to the Easts Tigers 14-8 during their round three match at Tap Out Energy Stadium, Brisbane.
Boas scored two tries in the first half.
Boas’ dynamic centre partner Kato Ottio crossed the line for his first try of the Queensland Cup season in front of his home crowd after four matches.
Hunters were on fire in the first half, scoring six tries through hooker Wartovo Puara, Ottio, fullback Stargoth Amean, Boas and flanker Oti Bland Tony.
Hunters’ first three tries were scored 20 minutes into the first half through Puara, Otio and Amean.
Boas scored his first try next to the post five minutes later from a Robert Laka grubber kick.
Dobo Warriors product and Hunters winger Bland Tony —who proved hard to contain in the wings — scored the team’s fourth try by picking up a loose ball 20 metres from the Seagulls try line.
Boas scored his second try three minutes to half-time and with a successful conversion to take the score to 34-0 at half time.
In the second half, Seagulls scored their first try of the afternoon through Hami Mullen in the 50th minute. Jamal Forgarty converted taking the score to 34-6.
The visitors were quick to score their second try in the corner through former Gold Coast Titans winger Kalifa Faifai Loa but an unsuccessful conversion had them trailing 34-10 19 minutes into the second half.
Boas was on fire, scoring his third try ten minutes to full time, next to the post to take the score to 38-10 at full time following a sixth conversion by Roger Laka.
Marum said the win came down to the team’s commitment to discipline.  The Hunters take on the Sunshine Coast Falcons in their Round 5 fixture.
Hunters: Tries: Boas (3), Amean, Bland Tony, Ottio, Puara. Goals: Roger Laka 5.
Seagulls: Tries: Kalifa Faifai Loa, Oliver Percy. Goals: Jamal Fogarty.

The National
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