Hunters look for first win against Falcons

It will be a tough ask for the SP PNG Hunters who are looking for their first win of the Intrust Super Cup season against 2017 grand final rivals, the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

The Hunters have won four out of nine meetings against the Falcons, one of them being the famous last minute grand final win more than a year ago.

Justin Olam will face the Hunters for the fifth time in his career since joining the Melbourne Storm feeder club in 2017.

The SP Hunters, who are underdogs coming into this match, were the victors in their last match in Round 16 beating the Falcons 24-12.

The Hunters will be testing out a new halves combination and spine combination following the two opening round losses.

The Falcons, on the other hand, have got off to a perfect start with two strong wins against the Wynnum Manly Seagulls and the Redcliffe Dolphins.

The Falcons have scored 56 points so far and conceded 30,  while the Hunters have yet to score a point this this year and conceding 34 points.

The completion rate has been an issue for the Hunters with a recorded 61 percent while the Falcons have a 69 percent record.

The Hunters however, have a better ‘Tackle Efficiency’ score with 85.5 percent while the Falcons have 81.3 percent.

The Hunters are aiming for a strong defensive display and to improve their completion rate for an upset.

(Bland Abavu chasing after Justin Olam in their 2017 clash – Picture: Ritchie Duce - Level Eleven Phot)

Cedric Patjole