Norths Devils

Hunters winless after five rounds

A penalty goal by Ase Boas in the fifth minute put the visitors 2 points ahead.

Five minutes later, an effortless flick pass from Brandon Nima saw Brendon Gotuno power through for his first try of the season.

An unsuccessful conversion by Boas, however, kept the Hunters at 6 points.

Unfortunately, the visitors’ high ended when Henry Penn registered his team’s first try in the 19th minute of the round 5 match.

Gotuno brings quality to PNG side

The Hunters’ reshuffled round 5 lineup will see Brendon Gotuno take the wing.

The 23-year-old brings quality to the PNG side after his short stint with the Penrith Panthers New South Wales Cup side.

After missing round 4 due to disciplinary reasons, Joe Joshua, Junior Rop and McKenzie Yei will take the field while skipper Adex Wera, Moses Meninga and Wawa Paul will rest their injuries.

Making their debut this weekend are Jerry Teme (Hunter no. 78) and Jack Oii (Hunter no. 79).

We will make sure we win: Hunters

Coming off an impressive 10-point win over Northern Pride on Sunday, the Hunters are now physically and mentally preparing themselves to meet the 4th-placed Norths Devils in the round 19 Country Week game clash.

“For us, playing in Lae is a first time too so we want to make sure we leave with the 2 points,” said Marum.

“It will be a tough one.

“Last week we played the number 4th team Pride, they dropped down and the Norths had a big win so they moved up to number 4 again.”

Three losses away for Hunters

Three tries in the first half from the Devils put them in front at 16-6 at half-time.

The Hunters' only try came from Moses Meninga.

The Hunters were the first to get on the board in the second term through a try from Wartovo Puara Jr.

Captain and five-eighth Ase Boas converted to narrow the deficit with the score at 16-12.

But three tries in the space of 12 minutes to Sam Tagataese, Calum Gahan and Todd Murphy pushed the score out to 34-12 in favour of the Devils.

Rau to debut this weekend

Rau was named in the starting line-up at centre in place of the injured Willie Minoga.

SP Hunters coach, Michael Marum has also moved Adex Wera to fullback with Butler Morris to play at centre. Patrick Morea and Junior Bobby have been named on the extended bench.

The 20 man squad (two to be omitted):

1. Adex WERA

2. Edene GABBIE

3. Junior RAU

4. Butler MORRIS

5. Brendon GOTUNO

6. Ase BOAS - Captain

7. Charlie SIMON

8. Moses MENINGA

9. Wartovo PUARA Jnr

10. Adam KORAVE

11. Nixon PUT

The club that produced six current Kangaroos

The premiership winning Melbourne Storm quartet of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Will Chambers all wore the Devils jersey, as did Broncos duo Josh McGuire and Matt Gillett.

Kangaroos squad member Ben Hunt has also played for Norths.

Hunters still leading comp

Their 40-18 of the Norths Devils yesterday brought to total ten wins this season from 12 games played.

The Hunters have only suffered two losses and have had the one bye. They have recorded a points for and against of 134. This has brought them to 22 competition points.

Round 14 will see the Hunters play the Souths Logan Magpies this Sunday at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

More positive news for the Hunters is Ase Boas remains at the top as the competition’s leading point scorer with 128 points.

Hunters thrash Devils with 40-18 win

The home side hit the lead with a try to Luke Pollock in the fifth minute. But the Hunters responded just four minutes later through Stargroth Amean.

Tries to both teams left the score locked at 12-12 at the break.

The second half was when the Hunters put the points on, starting in the 41st minute when in-form winger Adex Wera crossed over to score.

Tries also went to Bland Abavu in the 45th minute, Stanton Albert (56), Nixon Put (62) and Moses Meninga (78).

Marum names unchanged side

The Devils handed the Hunters their first loss this season at home in round four, and will be looking to avenge this.

“There are no major injury worries to deal with after last weekend’s win.

“They are playing well and we want to start the 2nd half of the season on a positive note,” said Marum.

Marum congratulated Bland Abavu, who will be playing his 50th Intrust Super Cup game for the Hunters on Sunday.

The only addition to the extended bench is Paul Wawa.

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.”