110 games for Puara

He is the first SP PNG Hunters player to reach 100 games.

After the 2018 Intrust Super Cup round 23, Wartovo Puara Jnr has now played a total of 110 games, and isn’t showing any sign of slowing down.

Puara Jnr has been with the SP PNG Hunters since 2014.

From Vunadidir in East New Britain Province, the 28-year-old started off with his local club, the Rabaul Agmark Gurias, in 2011.

After three years with the Gurias, he joined the SP Hunters and boasts the title of ‘the most kept player’, alongside teammate Adex Wera.

“The experience has been good for us,” Puara said.

“The club has been looking after us for the five years and, being in the development of the club is something that we are experiencing at the moment and will treasure in our lives.”

As for his participation next year, the hooker says the decision is for the coach to make as they only sign 1-year contracts.

2015 was a good year for Puara when he played 25 games and scored 16 tries.

For the 2018 Intrust Super Cup season, the hooker has played 21 games and scored 4 tries so far. The recent one being Sunday’s opening try in the round 23 clash against the Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

For those passionate rugby league players, Puara says if you want to succeed in life, hard work and commitment will pave the way for you.

“It’s no secret,” he says.

Carmella Gware