Rimbu confident Hunters can make the finals

Monday, 10 June 2024, 6:32 pm

Judah Rimbu in a post try celebration. (QRL: Rikki-Lee Arnold)

PNG Hunters hooker Judah Rimbu remains buoyant that the club can earn a finals berth despite a rollercoaster ride. 

The Port Moresby-based franchise who fell out of the top-8, pick-up a much needed 28-22 victory over Western Clydesdales on Sunday.

Currently occupying the ninth spot on the Hostplus Cup ladder, the Hunters number nine is certain they can post a strong finish at the back end of the season.

"I’m happy to run around with the boys and get the wins. We’ve had some losses but it’s a rollercoaster [ride],” Rimbu told QRL media after the 6-point victory against Clydesdales.

“I am getting back my form back and looking forward to a better back end of the year,”

The Paul Aiton-coached side were pushed back by Souths Logan Magpies and Mackay Cutters a fortnight ago after an impressive three consecutive wins.

However, Sunday’s defensive effort over the 14th placed Clydesdales was a moral boost for Hunters as they keep a close tap in the top-8 race.

"It was good to get the two points with the boys," Rimbu said.

"It’s been a while, a couple of misses, but it’s good to bounce back.

"The best thing was the boys were able to stick to the end despite a lot of errors [and] missed tackles.

The visiting PNG side crossed the chalk first for a 6-point lead through centre Clent Lama but it didn’t take long for the hosts to hit back with two tries.

With Clydesdales taking a 10-6 lead in the opening 20 minutes, Hunters found themselves in front with three tries to Benji Kot, Elijah Roltinga and Sanny Wabo.

Kot celebrated a 50th milestone anniversary in Hunters colors as the PNG men recorded their sixth win of the season over the resilient Clydesdales outfit in Toowoomba Sports Ground

"The Clydies really came out and there was back and forth but the boys stayed together,” Rimbu said.

"We stuck to our game plan so we finished the game and got our points. It was a close match though."