Michael Marum

Marum: Still more work to be done

Speaking after yesterday’s 20-4 win over the Ipswich Jets, Marum was less than impressed with his side’s first half performance but was relieved to still come away with the win.

“We expected a tough one. Ipswich are a quality side. We got the two points but there were a lot of errors in the first half.

“In the second half, we polished up on our errors and got over the line.

“A win is a win but there’s still a lot of work to be done,” said Marum.

Marum said the team will regroup and prepare for another big match in round 23 against the Townsville Blackhawks.

Marum: The effort wasn’t there

“We knew it was going to be a tough one. We expected a big game. We got off to a good lead in the early part of the second half but then just fell asleep again. The effort wasn’t there.

“It was basic errors that cost us the draw but one point is better than nothing. We’re looking forward to our next game,” said Marum.

Marum added he was still proud of the team’s performance.

“Maintaining our top placing in the competition for this long is not easy. Every team wants to take you out whether it’s a top team or bottom team. It’s a challenge we go through every week.

Hunters with a clear lead in first place

From 17 games, the Hunters have won 14 games, lost three and had the one bye.

They have a points for and against of 166.

The Hunters will have their second bye of the season this weekend in round 19.

Hunters coach, Michael Marum said the bye will do a lot of good for the team.

“It will be good to have the bye. The boys can rest up and go see family and come back.

Marum: Good effort from the team

“There were a lot of errors but a win is a win. But still have a lot of work to do. We need to play like a top side in the competition.

 “We knew it wasn’t going to be easy in the second half but we were prepared to work extra hard to win. It was a good effort from the team,” said Marum.

The Hunters will have the bye in round 19.

“The good thing is we now have a bye so can come back fresh and finish off the season strongly,” said Marum.

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All about defence: Hunters

The Hunters had to fight off a late surge from the Magpies to pick up two competition points from the round 14 clash.

“In the first half, we didn’t complete all our sets and kept defending. The Magpies had a lot of football. Second half was the same thing. Our defence got us to the end. It got us through.

“At half time, I just basically told the team to stick to the game plan. We knew the Magpies were going to back really hard on us and the result showed that.

“In terms of attack, we have a lot of work to do. We’re looking forward to this weekend,” said Marum.

​20-man Hunters squad named for home game

Loko has been ruled out with an ankle injury sustained during last Saturday’s impressive win over Ipswich Jets.

Coach Michael Marum said Minoga will start at second row against his old team after serving a two match suspension.

Named in the 20-man squad is Brandy Peter.

Marum also took the opportunity to thank Air Niugini for putting up the Air Niugini Cup that will now be played between the two teams annually, starting this Sunday.

Marum: Kumuls side selected from four competitions

Marum, who is also the chairman of selectors, said any player taking part in a lower level competition is not eligible.

“These are the only four competitions we are selecting players out from. There are a lot of players playing overseas but when we start picking players from different competitions, it’s going to be a total mess.

“I’ll give an example of Israel Eliab who went away and played with the London Broncos. He came back struggling.

“We started last year with the players we picked and they provided the result," said Marum.

Hunters coach admits to errors in game

Two tries and a penalty was enough to give the Hunters the win over the competition leaders in a low scoring affair.

“I think we dropped eight balls in the first half and didn’t complete our sets well. Our kicking game wasn’t that good,” said Marum.

Marum added there were some positives from the win, one of which was the defensive effort that the Hunters put up for the full 80 minutes.

“It was always going to be a low scoring game. There are a lot of things we’ve taken out from this and we'll work on them. But I think we defended well all throughout the game.

Referee was inconsistent: Hunters coach

Hunters were defeated by Norths Devils 32-18 in round four of the Queensland Intrust Cup at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

“Just because we lost the game, I’m not blaming the referee but he was a bit inconsistent with the rulings a few times during the game,” said the coach.

“The performance of the referee can affect the team.

“We got off to a bad start in the first half with penalties after penalties and a lot of points came from penalty goal kicks and that’s a really big concern for us.”