Easts Tigers played out an exciting draw while the Sunshine Coast Falcons fell narrowly short in Papua New Guinea in Round 19 of the Intrust Super Cup.
Tigers, Blackhawks play thrilling draw
Easts Tigers and the Townsville Blackhawks played out a thrilling 40-40 draw on Sunday afternoon at Langlands Park.
In a see-sawing battle with the momentum shifting constantly between the two sides, a late Tigers try scored off a short re-start allowed the hosts to tie the scores at the death and share the points with Townsville.
Earlier, Easts had jumped out to a 10-point lead before it was reigned in by the Blackhawks who took control and gained the ascendency during the second half of play.
Storm listed forwards Felise Kaufusi and Francis Tualau featured in the free flowing contest with playmaker Shaun Nona also influential, scoring a try and kicking six goals.
Easts Tigers 40
Tries: Donald Malone 3, Brandon Downey, Shaun Nona, Liam McDonald, Foisa Peni
Goals: Shaun Nona 6
Townsville Blackhawks 40
Tries: Michael Parker-Walshe 3, Zac Santo, Kyle Feldt, Glenn Hall, Ricky Thorby
Goals: Kyle Feldt 6
At Tap Out Energy Stadium, Langlands Park.
Easts Tigers: 1. Donald Malone 2. Maeli Seve 3. Shane Neumann 4. Michael Kai 5. Brandon Downey 6. Shaun Nona 18. Brentt Warr 8. Felise Kaufusi 9. Tommy Butterfield 10 Liam McDonald 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Jake Foster 13. Troy Giess 14. Francis Tualau 15. Matthew Zgrajewski 16. Foisa Peni 17. Dwayne Craft
Townsville Blackhawks: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Zac Santo 3. Kyle Feldt 4. Mosese Pangai 18. Robert Lui 6. Tom Humble 7. Michael Parker-Walshe 8. Lorenzo Ma'afu 9. Anthony Mitchell 10. Daniel Beasley (c) 11. Noel Underwood 12. Kelepi Tanginoa 13. Neville Costigan 19. Glenn Hall 15. Chris McLean 16. Corey Jensen 17. Ricky Thorby
Hunters edge out Falcons in PNG
The Sunshine Coast Falcons went within a whisker of leaving Papua New Guinea with the two points on Sunday afternoon.
After making the trip to Kalabond Oval, Kokopo, the Falcons were edged out by four points by the Hunters who now move second position on the Intrust Super Cup table.
Returning after spending the past month with the Sunshine Coast, Ben Hampton scored a try and provided another dangerous attacking outlet for Glen Dreger's side.
PNG Hunters 24
Tries: Adex Wera 2, Henry Noki, Kato Ottio
Goals: Noel Zeming 4
Sunshine Coast Falcons 20
Tries: Paul Ivan 3, Ben Hampton
Goals: Ryan Hansen 2
At Kalabond Oval, Kokopo.
Teams (named on Tuesday prior to Round 19)
PNG Hunters: 1. Stargroth Amean 2. Oti Bland Tony 3. Noel Zeming 4. Thompson Teteh 5. Adex Wera 6. Israel Eliab (c) 7. Ase Boas 8. Henry Noki 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Esau Siune 11. Brandy Peter 12. Timothy Lomai 13. Lawrence Tu'u 14. Nickson Borana 15. Atte Bina 16. Willie Minoga 17. Enock Maki 18. Kato Ottio 19. Roger Laka 20. Adam Korave 21. David Lapua
Sunshine Coast Falcons: 1. Ben Hampton 2. Travis Robinson 3. Rowan Klein 4. Young Tonumaipea 5. Suliasi Vunivalu 6. Kurt Mann 7. David Oakes 19. Jon Platt 9. Billy Brittain 10. Ryan Hansen (c) 11. Paul Ivan 12. Jacob Samoa (c) 13. Johnny Vuetibau 14. Jay Lobwein 15. Rueben Baillie 16. Jaz Nahu-Main 17. Jye Ballinger 18. Mboya Adams