Wait and see on side to face PNG

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

THE Townsville Black­hawks are brac­ing for the prospect of trav­el­ling away to Port Moresby with­out a num­ber of key per­son­nel fol­low­ing Satur­day’s 40- all draw with the Easts Tigers.

Ricky Thorby and Neville Costi­gan still have to pass a num­ber of tests af­ter suf­fer­ing con­cus­sion, and the Black­hawks were overnight wait­ing on a charge from the Queens­land Rugby League af­ter Mos­ese Pan­gai be­ing placed on re­port fol­low­ing an on- field melee.

The Black­hawks could lose Pan­gai to sus­pen­sion, but nev­er­the­less yesterday named an un­changed team from last week’s side un­til fur­ther news comes from team med­i­cal staff and the QRL.

“Ricky and Neville are both fine health- wise, but they still have to go through a few things with our doc­tor be­fore they are al­lowed to play,” Black­hawks coach Kris­tian Woolf said.

“We’ll name them, but we will know more later in the week.

“With Moses we have un­til 12pm ( to­day) to de­cide what to do.”

Satur­day’s game in Port Moresby against the PNG Hun­ters will be a top- of- thetable clash, with the Hun­ters just one win be­hind the lad­der­lead­ing Black­hawks.

The Hun­ters have not lost a game since Round 6 and beat the Sun­shine Coast 24- 20 in Port Moresby last week­end.

“We’re ex­pect­ing it to be a sim­i­lar game to the Easts Tigers,” Woolf said.

“The Hun­ters ob­vi­ously like to play very phys­i­cally, and both teams will be try­ing to get on top of each other.

“I’ve been to PNG my­self and I know the boys are go­ing to have a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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