PNG Hunters 2017

​PNGRFL congratulates Hunters

“It is a historic moment for the PNGRFL, our partners and everyone in the country for the Hunters to be the first team in the ISC grand-final,” said PNGRFL chairman, Sandis Tsaka.

“On behalf of everyone in the country, I congratulate Michael Marum and the team for delivering this result.

“The time, effort and sacrifices you, your coaching staff and players put in has resulted in this historic result and we congratulate you all for this,” Tsaka said.

Dolphins dominate to beat Hunters

The home side was thoroughly dominated in the first half running in three tries from Joseph Bradley, Troy Giess and Daniel Bridge plus a penalty goal off the boot of Tyson Gamble to take them to a commanding 20-0 lead at the break.

The Hunters found themselves further behind on the scoreboard after Myles Taueli crossed over to score two minutes into the second half.

The Hunters regrouped and hit back midway through the match with a double to Stargroth Amean.

Peter named in starting line-up

He was listed ahead of Stanton Albert for this Sunday’s Round 17 clash against Central Queensland Capras at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

Hunters coach Michael Marum said vice-captain Wellington Albert, who sat out last weekend’s match due to suspension, returns to the side and joins younger brother Stanton as well as Enock Maki and David Loko on the extended bench.

He said Adex Wera has been omitted due to injury, allowing Willie Minoga back to the centres while Stargroth Amean will start on the wing.

Puara named in starting line-up

Coach of the Hunters, Michael Marum said Puara underwent a major shoulder reconstruction operation during the off-season and has been in training with the squad since the beginning of the year.

 “He has fully recovered. He did some body contact sessions since last week and the doctors have given the all clear, said Marum.

Puara’s return is timely after Gahuna Silas suffered an arm injury in last Saturday’s 38-14 loss to the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

“Even though Wartovo lacks match fitness, he knows what’s needed in these big matches,” said Marum.