Hun­ters’ de­feat a ‘ ma­jor wake- up call’

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - RIKKI- LEE ARNOLD PETER BADEL

PNG Hun­ters coach Michael Marum says his side has been given a ma­jor wake- up call in their bid to take out this year’s mi­nor premier­ship, af­ter yes­ter­day’s 28- 12 loss to Red­cliffe.

The In­trust Su­per Cup com­pe­ti­tion lead­ers suf­fered just their fourth loss of the sea­son af­ter an er­ror- rid­dled per­form-

Townsville have a far su­pe­rior for and against but this week­end’s road trip to play bot­tom side Cen­tral Queens­land takes on vi­tal sig­nif­i­cance given they fin­ish their cam­paign against top- two teams Pa­pua New Guinea and Sun­shine Coast.

Two tries in the last three min­utes against Burleigh made the score­board more re­spectable and Black­hawks prop Daniel Beasley said they must stop shoot­ing them­selves in the foot.

“They scored tries at stages when they shouldn’t have, er­rors and com­pound­ing er­rors gave them field po­si­tion which led to their points,” he said.

“We can’t take Capra lightly ei- ance against a de­fen­sively strong Dol­phins team.

Fol­low­ing last week’s 22- all draw against the eighth- placed Mackay Cut­ters, the alarm bells are now sound­ing for the Hun­ters, who have a habit of fad­ing to­wards the back end of the sea­son.

Marum said he would do ev­ery­thing he could in the next week to re­mind his team what they were fight­ing for. ther. We have to get our­selves right, we’ve let our­selves down two weeks in a row and need to get back to play­ing some de­cent footy.”

Black­hawks coach Kris­tian Woolf said they needed to lift their des­per­a­tion at cru­cial times of the game.

“It makes every week im­por­tant. We’re cer­tainly a good enough footy side that we can go on and win the next three games,” he said.

“The last two weeks we’ve been mak­ing too many un­forced er­rors which haven’t al­lowed us to build pres­sure, and we prob­a­bly haven’t been as hun­gry at the con­test at cer­tain stages as the op­po­si­tion have been.”

“The boys didn’t want that game,” Marum said of the loss.

“We did set that goal to be­come mi­nor pre­miers but … that was dis­ap­point­ing. It would have been good to get the two points to go closer to the mi­nor premier­ship.

“It’s been tough. An­other loss and we can drop to num­ber four or num­ber three ( on the lad­der). That’s not good.

“This is prob­a­bly a ma­jor

Black­hawks prop Oshae Tuiasau suf­fered an an­kle sprain against Burleigh, but Woolf is hope­ful that he will be fit to take his place against the Capras af­ter he showed strong signs of im­prove­ment yes­ter­day morn­ing.

“He looked a lot bet­ter to­day so fingers crossed he’ll be OK,” Woolf said. wake- up call for us. We will all sit to­gether and see where we are mov­ing for­ward.”

The Hun­ters do have a fairly tough run home, start­ing with next week’s show­down against the Ip­swich Jets.

Else­where yes­ter­day, Wyn­num Manly caused a mas­sive up­set over Easts with a 22- 6 vic­tory. The Tigers have now slipped to fourth place on the lad­der.

Pic­ture: SMPIMAGES. COM

FLY­ING: Ja­mal Fog­a­rty of the Burleigh Bears leaves Townsville Black­hawks de­fend­ers in his wake on the Gold Coast in their Queens­land Cup clash.

Red­cliffe prop Nick Slyney.

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