SP PNG Hunters

Hunters focus on defence

"We gave away three easy tries last weekend and that's something we've been working on to improve before we travel down," said coach, Michael Marum

"Other things like our kicking game and game plan execution are areas we've been training on during the week."

Marum knows the Falcons will be out for revenge after losing 12-10 to the Hunters in last year's grand final, adding his side will need to lift, especially in defence.

"They've done a lot of changes to their line-up.  They've got a young and strong team.

Pride hand Hunters first loss

A double from winger, Shawn Bowen plus two successful conversions and a penalty goal from Jake Clifford shot Pride up to a  14-0 lead at half-time.

Murray Taulagi extended the lead out to three converted tries crossing over in the 45th minute.

Tries to Charlie Simon and captain, Ase Boas put the Hunters back in contention.

Boas added the extras to his own try to bring the score to 18-10 with 19 minutes remaining.

But the home side ran in their fourth try of the night through Nathan Wales only minutes later to regain a comfortable lead.

TV Wan Action to broadcast international double header

These two games will mark the official start to our PNG Rugby League season.

Our two champion teams – Digicel Cup premiers Lae Snax Tigers and Queensland Intrust Super Cup premiers SP PNG Hunters - begin their defence against quality opposition.

In a statement, PNGRFL CEO, Reatau Rau explained that both games are equal in status with the first game between the Tigers and Nadi Aviators not dubbed as a curtain raiser but the first of the international double header for the day.

Dedicate our service of rugby to God: Boas

The Hunters attended the PNG Christian Fellowship at Gerehu to dedicate the year 2018 to God in prayer.

It had also been an all too long, hard year for the players back in 2017 after they returned home to celebrate their victory in the Intrust Super Cup but also later losing one of their own, Kato Ottio, during one of their usual trainings.

“I try to take the guys out of rugby as they also need to be spiritually fit,” says SP Hunters captain Ase Boas during the service.

Hunters players in shock; training suspended

Coach of the Hunters, Michael Marum explained the players will need time off to help deal with Ottio’s sudden passing early this morning.

All 32 players in the train-on squad led by Marum were at Tatana village this morning and with the body of their former teammate then led the convoy of vehicles out to the Funeral Home.

“Players that spent the last two to three years playing alongside him are still in shock. We had all been with him for the last two days.

 “We suspended Hunters training effective as of yesterday when we saw that he (Kato) wasn’t well.

Hunters’ stage fright

The Penrith Panthers proved too good for PNG Hunters, posting a dominant 42-18 win in their Intrust Super Championship game in Sydney on Sunday.

The win was set up by the Panthers in the first half, with the Hunters putting in a performance they would rather forget.

It took the SP PNG Hunters 38 minutes to score their first try through centre Adex Wera, who crossed over in the corner for the first of 3 tries for the Hunters.

Hunters’ right centre Bland Abavu, who went into this game hungry to put a try to his name, did so with a try in the corner.

One more step from another record

At a captain's training run this afternoon at the Guildford League's club, the Hunters were in great spirits.

Tomorrow's curtain raiser clash against the Penrith Panthers is just one more hurdle to jump before the Hunters wrap up their 2017 season.

Willie Minoga, David Loko and Wartovo Puara Jnr all had a good run this afternoon.

Skipper Ase Boas was out to get his kicking game right while brother Watson Boas is well and fit to play after being stretched off the field at Suncorp last week.

The dynamic duo of brothers

The Albert brothers were part of the Penrith Panthers Club for 3 seasons and will be no strangers to the team when they face off on Sunday.

Wellington will be playing in the front rows while brother Stanton will be backing him up in the curtain raiser of the 2017 NRL grand final.

The SP PNG Hunters have been fortunate enough to take out the Queensland title at Suncorp and this time, they will make a grand final appearance at the ANZ stadium in Sydney, ahead of the Melbourne Storm and North Queensland cowboys match.

Hunters arrive in Sydney

Hunters team and management arrived in Sydney on Friday afternoon and are settling in well.

A little jet lagged, Queensland champions SP PNG Hunters arrived at the Parkroyal Hotel in the Suburb of Parramatta just outside Sydney.

Hunters have put in the hard yards and although the Queensland Intrust Super Cup challenge is done and dusted, the journey goes further than that for these local heroes.

Upon arrival, coach Michael Marum was his usual cool, calm and collected self when checking in at the Parkroyal Hotel Parramatta.

O’Neill: PNG is ready for the NRL

Following the success of the PNG Hunters on and off the field, PM O’Neill said the case has been strengthen for a Papua New Guinea team to enter the National Rugby League competition.

“On behalf of our nation I again congratulate the PNG Hunters on their historic achievement in Brisbane,” the Prime Minister said.

“The Hunters are truly the pride of our nation.”

The Prime Minister said rugby league is the national sport of Papua New Guinea, and the Hunters win builds the case for a PNG team to be included in the NRL.