SP PNG Hunters

Hunters’ line-up maintained despite loss

The line-up has been maintained despite their eight-point loss to Redcliffe Dolphins on Sunday.

Sailas Gahuna is the only addition to the extended bench in place of William Mone.

The 20-man squad is:

  1. Edene GABBIE
  2. Junior RAU
  3. Thompson TETEH
  4. Willie MINOGA
  5. Brendon GOTUNO
  6. Ase BOAS            -              Captain
  7. Watson BOAS
  8. Enock MAKI
  9. Wartovo PUARA Jnr
  10. Stanton ALBERT
  11. 11. Nixon PUT
  12. Rhadley BRAWA
  13. Moses MENINGA

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Hunters were not determined to win: Coach

Speaking at the post-match conference after the round 17 clash, a disappointed coach Marum admitted that more work needs to be done before their next game.

Though the Dolphins were the first to record a try in yesterday’s match at the National Football Stadium, the SP PNG Hunters came from behind to lead 14-12 at half-time.

However, a return from second half saw the visiting team dominate the game, resulting in an 8-point margin win for them.

“We had all the opportunity, we had the wind behind us…the attitude of the players was just not good,” said Marum.

Hunters defeated in home game

High from their round 16 win against the Falcons, the Hunters were looking to win this home game but unfortunately, the third-placed Dolphins proved to be too strong.

Just 3 minutes into the round 17 Intrust Super Cup clash and the Dolphins’ captain, Cameron Cullen, weaved through Hunters defenders at the 40-metre mark and scored the first try of the match.

Meninga named in starting line-up

Meninga replaces Ila Alu, who suffered an ankle injury during the first half of Sunday’s encounter against the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

The 20 man squad is:

  1. Edene GABBIE
  2. Junior RAU
  3. Thompson TETEH
  4. Willie MINOGA
  5. Brendon GOTUNO
  6. Ase BOAS        -              Captain
  7. Watson BOAS
  8. Enock MAKI
  9. Wartovo PUARA Jnr
  10. Stanton ALBERT
  11. Nixon PUT
  12. Rhadley BRAWA
  13. Moses MENINGA

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Hunters move up 1 spot

Previously the 11th out of 14 teams, the 2017 premiers are now in 10th place and are determined to make it to the top.

It was the 2 points that the team was aiming for.

Prior to Sunday’s round 16 clash, Coach Michael Marum expressed the team’s intention to win all their home games, as a victory is worth 2 points.

With the Falcon’s win under their belts, the Hunters now have 4 home games left.

“The plan is to get one game at a time. We don’t look at the other games,” said coach Marum.

Weak play in first half: Marum

In a post-match conference yesterday, Hunters coach Michael Marum admitted that the first half saw weak play by the PNG boys.

It was a sluggish start for the Hunters in the first half of the round 16 Intrust Super Cup match.

The boys were still finding their feet 2 minutes into the game when the Falcons easily put one over the line.

After the first try of the match, it took almost 32 minutes for the Hunters to find their rhythm.

“It’s a bit hard when you’re playing sides like the Falcons; they’re in your face every day,” stated coach Marum.

Hunters’ hard work pays off

The Hunters came from behind to claim a 24-12 victory in the round 16 clash of the Intrust Super Cup competition.

The SP PNG Hunters had anticipated a tough encounter against the 7th-placed Falcons, who were 4 spots ahead of the Hunters after round 15.

The Falcons were the first to score through Jacob Hind, which was successfully converted by Ryan Papenhuyzen.

The score remained at 6-0 until Captain Ase Boas broke the ice 34 minutes into the first half.

A successful conversion from his brother Watson levelled the field for the team.  

Ase Boas yet to regain form

The five-eighth will be leading the SP PNG Hunters in tomorrow’s match, and Coach Michael Marum says the only concern is his level of fitness.  

Boas returns to captain the SP PNG Hunters in round 16 of the Intrust Super Cup competition tomorrow afternoon.

However, more work needs to be done by the 29-year-old.  

Coach Michael Marum said Boas is carrying a bit more weight, which is unfavourable for half backs.

“Your half backs should be around 80, 85 or 86 kilos and they can run and be in the game all throughout,” Marum stated. 

Hunters anticipate tough encounter

The Hunters will be going up against the 7th-placed Falcons at the National Football Stadium on Sunday.

The boys are currently ranked 11 out of the 14 teams in the Intrust Super Cup competition.

The Falcons are 4 spots ahead of the Hunters, and Coach Michael Marum admits that this weekend’s match won’t be a walk in the park.

“We played them in round 3 and they beat us by a big margin so they’ll be tough up here,” Marum stated.

“They’ll come up with a stronger side.”

Hunters Round 16

The hunters will be going up against the Sunshine Coast Falcons at the National Football Stadium.

Boas will start at five eight alongside his brother Watson.

Charlie Simon moves to the extended bench long with Edene Gabbie, Moses Meninga, William Mone and Aba Baundo.

Paul Wawa has also been named at fullback in place of the suspended Adex Wera.

Wera was suspended for two matches by the QRL Judiciary on biting charge.

The 20 man squad is;