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The SP PNG Hunters faced the Ipswich Jets in a trial match without several key players, who were sidelined due to injuries sustained during their inter-trial match at Santos National Football Stadium last weekend, as well as visa issues. The trial took place at Ipswich Jets’ home ground, North Ipswich Reserve.

Despite the wet conditions, the first 20 minutes proved to be intriguing, with both teams displaying discipline and holding their defensive lines effectively. However, on the 30th minute mark, the Ipswich Jets broke through with a try by Paul Iopu, taking the lead 4-0, although the conversion attempt was unsuccessful.

The SP PNG Hunters quickly retaliated with a try from Joshua Mire in the 34th minute. Sakias Komati’s successful conversion brought the score to 6-4 in favour of the Hunters by halftime.

Entering the second half, the “Wizz Kid” Sany Wabo showcased his prowess by scoring two tries at the 43rd and 47th minutes. Tapia Solu successfully converted both tries, extending the SP PNG Hunters’ lead to 18-4 at full time.

Coach Paul Aiton said: “I was really pleased with our effort today. There are still plenty of things to work on but I was just happy to see us execute a lot of things we have been working on this pre-season.”

The SP PNG Hunters are expected to play another trial match on the 24th February against the CQ Capras in Gladstone.

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