SP PNG Hunters

Hunters' line up remain unchanged

Head Coach Michael Marum said he will undergo further tests, with hopes he can cleared for this Sunday’s match against the Tweed Heads Seagulls.

The SP PNG Hunters proved a class above the Magpies in Round 21 of the Queensland ISC competition; payback for the loss they suffered 14 matches ago.

Unfortunately, Watson Boas has suffered a right shoulder injury.

While he’s been named in the Round 22 clash against the Seagulls this weekend, Head Coach Michael Marum says the injury was a little more serious than he had initially thought.

Hunters maintain focus on defense

Hukula said Coach Michael Marum has been emphasizing on line speed, which the team has been successfully implementing.

Line speed involves players or defenders working together as a straight line.

Discrepancies in speed will create gaps that the attacking team can easily exploit.

The SP PNG Hunters have won their past 4 games because of strong defense. 

Speaking to this newsroom after their round 21 match in Brisbane, SP PNG Hunters Assistant Coach, Nigel Hukula, said: “It was good to see consistency over the last couple of weeks, in particular with defense.

Coach Marum impressed

He mentioned this after their arrival at the Jackson’s International Airport this afternoon.

It was a great win yesterday and the SP PNG Hunters have achieved their goal of getting into the top 6.

Coach Michael Marum said though there were a lot of errors during the game, the boys had defended well.

“We’re focusing on our defense all throughout the past 3 or 4 weeks,” he stated.

“In the last 4 games we only allowed our opposition to score not more than 2 tries.”

Hunters maintain winning streak

The Hunters’ defense were too strong for the Magpies as they kept them at bay with a 12-point victory.

The SP PNG Hunters have maintained their winning streak as they thrashed the South Logan Magpies 18-6 this afternoon in Brisbane.

9 minutes into the round 21 game and the Hunters were the first to put a mark on the board through a penalty goal.

3 minutes later, Junior Rau registered the team’s first try of the match.

Hunters looking to exact revenge

The Magpies have previously defeated the Hunters during their round 7 challenge at the National Football Stadium in April.

It was the April 22nd home game that the host team was looking to get the upper hand. Unfortunately for them, the Magpies walked away with an 8-point victory.

13 games later, the SP PNG Hunters will be meeting the Souths Logan Magpies again, but this time at the Magpies’ turf at Davies Park, Brisbane.

“We have a good record at Davies Park. Played all our games there and won it so that’s the advantage there,” says Coach Michael Marum.

Crowd cheers Hunters to victory

Saving the best for last, Adex Wera sprinted towards the Bears’ tryline for a comfortable 20-10 win.

The teams were evenly matched in the first 20 minutes of the game, testing each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

Senior player and hooker, Wartovo Puara Jnr, was the first to break the monotone with his second try for the 2018 Intrust Super Cup season.

Unfortunately, captain Ase Boas was unable to convert the try.

6 minutes later, the Burleigh Bears responded with a runaway try by Troy Leo.

Bears arrive ahead of ISC clash

The team is currently ranked third in the Intrust Super Cup competition with 26 points, while the SP PNG Hunters are ninth on the ladder with 20 points.

In last weekend’s round 19 game, the Bears beat the Central Queensland Capras 24-14, while the Hunters beat Norths Devils 32-10.

Sunday’s game is a must-win for the Hunters if they wish to make the top 6.

The team lists for round 20:

SP PNG Hunters

A determined SP Hunters captain

Apart from training and keeping in form, leadership also plays a critical role in any match.

It is no secret that captain of the SP PNG Hunters, Ase Boas, plays a very influential role in the team.

He has proven, time and again, his determination and commitment in getting the team to the top.

A few weeks ago Boas suffered a couple of injuries as well as dengue fever, which negatively impacted his form.

Hunters climb up ladder

The Hunters are now in the 9th-spot after they registered a 32-10 victory at the Lae Rugby League ground.

The first-of-its-kind Intrust Super Cup country week round attracted a record crowd of over 7,000 people at the Lae Rugby League ground.  

At least 7,000 people were within the grounds while officials reported that over 10,000 people stood outside, on the hills and climbed up trees to watch the match.

The blistering heat did not dampen the crowd’s spirit as they cheered on the Hunters, who relentlessly attacked the Devils’ defenders.

Hunters Win

The Hunters defeated the North Devils 32 points to 10.

The Lae Rugby League Grounds was packed to full capacity as SP PNG Hunters fans from the Momase and Highlands raced to get a glimpse of the Hunters live in action.

Those who couldn’t make their way in, got seats on the nearby hillside and surrounding trees to watch.

And the Hunters did not disappoint, registering the first two points of the game with the penalty kick after the referee ruled Devils markers offside.