It is always a very tough and physical battle against PNG and this game was no different. We got off to the perfect start leading 22-0 in what was probably our most clinical half of football for the season.
The Hunters got one back just before half-time, heading into the break 22-4 down. We knew as a team, the Hunters would not give in and we knew they could be a very dangerous team with momentum.
We were ready to face any adversity that came our way and, with coach Mogg adapting very quickly to the new rules around high contact, we had prepared very well.
PNG were first to score in the second half and it was game on. They were building a heap of momentum and, with 13 minutes to go, we had a player sent off for the rest of the game due to high contact meaning we would finish with 12 players.
We had prepared for this scenario and the boys knew exactly what we needed to do. It was a huge effort to only concede one try and win the game 24-12. There is still certainly a heap to improve on, but the effort and resilience shown from our boys was great.
We had a chat a few weeks back and our record was two wins, three losses. Our upcoming games were Townsville, Easts and PNG and we knew this block was very important.
We managed to secure all three wins and it certainly gives us something to keep building on and improving. Our next game sees us take on the Falcons on the Sunshine Coast before the Storm Vs Titans game. I encourage all Dolphins fans to come for an afternoon at the footy and support your team!
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