PNG Hunters

Hunters trailing behind Blackhawks at break

In the Intrust Super Cup round 23 clash, Hunters opened the scoreboard with an unconverted try from Adex Wera in the 8 minutes to lead 4-0.

Twelve minutes later, the Blackhawks regrouped in a fast pace to capitalise into the Hunters zone with their first from Laybutt to level with Hunters, 4-4.

With only 5 minutes on the clock, Laybutt slid through the Hunters defense for his second to extend the lead to 6-4 at half-time.

Marum hopes key players will take field

With Brandy Peter replacing forward Timothy Lomai due to a knee injury, halfback Watson Boas forcing his way back into the team and Tuvi Lepan back on the bench, Marum believes some of the key players will hold on and pass their physios to play this weekend.

“We don’t want to risk our players but we hope that they fully recover before taking the field,” Marum said.

“We also have other support players with the two new players recently recruited but they are yet to reach the required level to take the field.”

Hunters name 20-man squad

SP hunters coach Michael Marum, with an unchanged starting lineup from last week’s match against Tigers, prompted a slight shuffle, omitting Timothy Lomai due to injury and promoting Brandy Peter.

With Watson Boas, Henry Wan and Tuvi Lepan added back onto the bench, the team has extended to a 20-man squad.

The final team will be announced on Thursday if there are any changes.

The current, before three will be omitted, include;

Puara to lead Hunters at halfback against Tigers

This was announced by coach of the SP Hunters, Michael Marum at this afternoon's training session.

He explained that Watson Boas is still out injured for another week which has put Puara in to call the shots at number 7.

In Puara's place at hooker will be Warren Glare who has been moved into the starting line up.

He added Tuvi Lepan, Nickson Borana and Philimon Kimisive are still out with injuries and so rest of the team remains unchanged.

"Atte Bina Wabo is the 18th man while Gahuna Silas is on the bench.

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Hunters fry Magpies

The Magpies took a 12-6 lead at half time with tries to Marion Seve as early as the second minute, then again through Scott Doyle and Jack Joass.

The Hunters were right back in the game two minutes into the second half when Ase Boas crossed over.

Noel Zeming converted to level the score at 12-12.

The lead changed again just 7 minutes later when Joass grabbed his second of the match.

Doyle extended the score out to 20-12 for the Magpies in the 67th minute converting a penalty to put the margin beyond a converted try.

Redcliffe Dolphins in Port Moresby for Hunters clash

The Dolphins are in great form and have won their past five games, including a two-point thriller against Easts Tigers last weekend.

Previously they had been flying under the radar but that victory pushed them up to second spot on the Intrust Super Cup ladder at the expense of the Hunters, who lost their Anzac Day clash against Burleigh in what was a two-point defeat.

PNG Hunters coach expecting big improvement

The Hunters suffered just their second defeat of the season last weekend away to the Burleigh Bears to slip to third in the overall standings.

Michael Marum said the team just didn't turn up and have worked hard on addressing their errors at training.

He's asking for one more big performance at home against the second-placed Dolphins before the team gets a week off.

Hunters to name co-captains

Eliab will leave for England after he signed a one-year contract with the second tier London Broncos for the 2016 season.

The co-captains will have several additional roles and responsibilities over and above those of regular players.

Their additional roles include being second to the coach and an on field leader who has the ability to inspire the players and sometimes address umpires and the media.

Coach Michael Marum will be appointing the co-captains and is yet to confirm how many he will be appointing.

Hunters’ duo on trial with NRL clubs

Ottio has joined the Canberra Raiders while Warren Clare is bound for Cronulla Sharks on train and trial engagements.

Their train and trial stints follow Wartovo Puara and Thompson Tete’s six-week attachment with Souths Sydney last year.