SP PNG Hunters

2-point loss for Hunters

The Intrust Super Cup round 15 match was a challenging one for both teams as their strengths seemed to match at every turn at the North Ipswich Reserve.

However, things started looking up for the Jets 10 minutes into the game when Wes Conlon scored a penalty goal for the team.

This seemed to be the break that the host team needed as Seb Pandia goes over the line for the first try of the match.

Marmin Barba successfully converted the try, leaving the score at 8-0.

The Hunters were not to be outdone as they relentlessly charged at the Jets’ defence.

Hunters’ line-up maintained for round 15

Michael Marum said at the press conference today that he’s only added Edene Gabbie and Paul Wawa to the extended 20-man bench.

The 20-man squad is:

  1. Adex WERA
  2. Junior RAU
  3. Thompson Teteh
  4. Willie Minoga
  5. Brendon GOTUNO
  6. Charlie SIMON
  7. Watson BOAS
  8. Enock MAKI
  9. Wartovo Puara Jnr                   -       Captain
  10. Stanton ALBERT
  11. Nixon PUT
  12. McKenzie YEI
  13. Rhadley BRAWA


Hunters rebound from loss

They beat the Cutters 26 points to 12 this afternoon at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

Hunters were the first to score just five minutes into the game through Thompson Teteh after a drop ball from the Mackay Cutters.

Watson Boas converted the try and the Hunters led with 6 points to nil.

Cutters returned the favour just five minutes after the Hunters’ try with their own converted try.

Hunters go down 30-12

It was an unsuccessful afternoon for the boys as they were defeated 30-12 at the Tigers’ home ground.

The Hunters, led by stand-in captain Wartovo Puara Jnr, were the first to register 2 points from a penalty goal, thanks to Watson Boas.

However, a Scott Drinkwater (captain) pass to Linc Port a few minutes later saw the Tigers extend their lead to 4-2.

Successful conversion by Brodie Croft added another 2 points for the Tigers.

Tough match against Tigers anticipated

Michael Marum’s side has never won a match against Easts Tigers at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park, Brisbane, and are hopeful to break that spell on Saturday.

Coach Marum admits the match ahead will be a tough one.

“We’ve never won a game against them in Suzuki Oval, Langlands. The last time we played against them, we drew,” said Coach Marum. 

Coming back from a home game win on Sunday, Hunters have had a short week of training but are riding on the success of the 3 consecutive wins.

The SP PNG Hunters are determined to maintain the momentum this weekend.

Three wins on the trot for Hunters


There was not much separating the two sides at half-time with the visitors in front at 4-0 after a Ty Carucci try in the 15th minute.

Whatever Michael Marum said in the sheds worked.

The Hunters came firing off the block in the second half and found the try line in just five minutes through Junior Rau who raced fifty metres to score under the posts.

The kicking duties were left to halfback Watson Boas who booted the Hunters to the lead.

Hunters claim victory over Queensland Capras

Less than 2 minutes into the game and the CQ Capras shocked the Hunters with an early try.

Centre Connor Broadhurst passed the ball to Junior Kirisome, who wasted no time in flying over the line.

An unsuccessful conversion by Broadhurst left the score at 4-nil.

11 minutes later, a dummy from Wartovo Puara Jnr created an opportunity for Rhadley Brawa, who leveled the playing field with 4-4.

The Hunters then took a 6-4 lead after a successful conversion by captain Ase Boas.

PNGRFL signs deal with Jack’s

PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau and SP PNG Hunters chairman Graham Osborne signed the deal with Jack’s of PNG manager for corporate business, Yogesh Samy, at Jack’s Retail in Port Moresby today.

The deal gear, which will have the SP Hunters and PNG Kumuls logos on them, will come in all sizes for men, women and children.

“The PNGRFL partnered with Jack’s of PNG in 2017 and the revenue outcome was immense; they decided to sign another contract, this time for 3 years,” Rau said.

Unchanged line-up for SP Hunters announced

In a press conference today, coach Marum said the only addition is Edene Gabbie on the extended bench.

The 20-man squad is:

  1. Adex WERA
  2. Junior RAU
  3. Thompson TETEH
  4. Willie MINOGA
  5. Butler MORRIS
  6. Ase BOAS                    -            Captain
  7. Watson BOAS
  8. Enock MAKI
  9. Wartovo PUARA JNR
  10. Dilbert ISAAC
  11. Nixon PUT
  12. Ila ALU
  13. Rhadley BRAWA


Hunters' first win in away game

This is the first away game they have won coming out from a bye and a devastating 5th loss against the Burleigh Bears a week ago.

It was probably the line-up that Hunters head coach Michael Marum did to give his side a fighting chance away from home.

Neck-to-neck with three tries to each side, the Hunters had the upper hand with an extra two points from a successful penalty.