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8 home games left for Hunters

This was announced by CEO of the PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL), Bob Cutmore after his meet with Queensland Rugby League.

The Hunters will leave this Sunday for the ANZAC Day clash against the Burleigh Bears in Brisbane.

Cutmore said after this game, the Hunters will have four days to prepare for their home game against the Redcliffe Dolphins on the 1st of May at 3pm.

 “The match against Redcliffe is another important game. The annual Stan Joyce Cup will be played for and the Hunters will be out to retain the Cup.

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A physical encounter is expected for the ANZAC Day match that will take place next Monday at 3.30pm at Pizzey Park in Brisbane, Australia.

Hunters coach, Michael Marum has made a number of changes with Adex Wera being moved into the centres after captain Noel Zeming was ruled out due to injury.

This has made way for Stargroth Amean to return to the fullback position while Ase Boas replaces brother Watson at five-eighth to partner Atte Bina in the halves.

Also back in the side is Tuvi Lepan who missed last week’s game due to a concussion.

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Hunters are leveled on 12 points with Townsville Blackhawks but Blackhawks are leading the competition due to points for and against.

Both teams have so far won six out of seven games played.

Burleigh Bears have moved down from second to fifth spot and share 10 points with Northern Pride and Redcliff Dolphins, who are in third and fourth place respectively.

Easts Tigers are on sixth spot with nine points, followed by Sunshine Coast Falcons and CQ Capras on eight points.

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Marum makes four changes for this Saturday

This is one of four changes that Hunters coach, Michael Marum has made to his side that was announced on Tuesday after training.

Wera replaces the injured Stargroth Amean who is out with a rib injury. Thompson Teteh moves to the centres.

Henry Wan makes his return to prop while Adam Korave moves back to second rower in place of Tuvi Lepan who suffered a concussion in last Sunday’s one point win over the Townsville Blackhawks.

Atte Bina will start at half back partnering Watson Boas while brother Ase Boas and Timothy Lomai will start from the bench.

Hunters’ coach Marum pleased with win

Marum said after the game that Blackhawks are a quality side and it was a narrow win.

The coach admitted that they did too many errors in the second half but they were lucky to win the game by one point.

“We just have to go back to the recorded videos and see where we went wrong and we can polish up in those areas.

“We’ve won five out of six games but we still got a lot of work to do,” Marum said.

The coach added that with former Hunter Willie Minoga on the Blackhawks side, their focus was on everyone out there and not just on Minoga.

Crowds line up to enter stadium

 It is a big turnout here and the crowd is quickly building up as the clock ticks down for kick off at 3pm today.

The match will be televised live on TV Wan Sports HD.

 Both teams are currently warming up for the match.

Game day for Hunters and Blackhawks

The top of the ladder clash is expected to attract a huge crowd as Hunters host their second home game.

As usual, the home team had a morning walk and is based in camp at the PNG Institute of Public Administration while the Panthers are based at the Holiday Inn Hotel.

PNG Rugby Football League chief executive officer Bob Cutmore said previously that it is tradition that teams take time off from training to prepare mentally and maintain team spirit before a game.