Hunters maintain focus on defense

The SP PNG Hunters Assistant Coach, Nigel Hukula, says it was good to see consistency in defense, which won the Hunters their game against the South Logan Magpies on Sunday.

Hukula said Coach Michael Marum has been emphasizing on line speed, which the team has been successfully implementing.

Line speed involves players or defenders working together as a straight line.

Discrepancies in speed will create gaps that the attacking team can easily exploit.

The SP PNG Hunters have won their past 4 games because of strong defense. 

Speaking to this newsroom after their round 21 match in Brisbane, SP PNG Hunters Assistant Coach, Nigel Hukula, said: “It was good to see consistency over the last couple of weeks, in particular with defense.

“It was something that we asked them to bring again this afternoon, bring the physicality about the game, which is a strength with our side.”

Hukula added that they have been stressing on the defensive process of getting up off the line and making those early 3 to 5 metres, including winning the ruck area.

“That was a good positive for us and we’d like to keep building into that into the last three games.”

The Hunters are now in 6th-spot, which Coach Michael Marum says they have worked really hard to get into.

As usual, it is one game at a time for the team.

With their impressive victories under their belts, the Hunters are now focused on getting the two points against the Tweed Heads Seagulls in New South Wales on Sunday.

(SP PNG Hunters Assistant Coach, Nigel Hukula)

Carmella Gware