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David Loko named in starting lineup

Original SP Hunter Garry Lo and Willie Minoga have been named on the extended bench.

Brendon Gotuno has been handed a one match suspension by the QRL Judiciary for a dangerous throw during last weekend’s loss to Townsville Blackhawks. He has been replaced by Bland Abavu.

The other wing sees Roy Ellison play his second ISC game after making his debut at the country week round 18 game in Wabag. He replaces of Junior Rau, who has been released to attend to personal issues.

The 20-man squad is:


Hunters settle for draw

A strong forwards performance laid the platform for the Hunters’ comeback from a 24 – 16 half time score.

Woods Kawage opened the scoring in the first minute after a knock on by the Tigers.

The visitors responded immediately, when a fifth last kick finding Bill Cullen for a 6 – 4 lead.

The Tigers went back to back when Sam Lavea scored after some quick play.

After a Tigers’ mistake, the Hunters put in some enterprising play to put Justin Yoka over to score and reduce the Tigers’ lead to two points.

Wabag to host ISC country round

PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau said today that after an inspection by Coach Michael Marum early this week, Queensland Rugby League gave its approval late yesterday.

“Queensland Rugby League’s (QRL) ISC competition manager Dave Maiden confirmed late on Tuesday upon recommendations by Coach Michael Marum that outstanding issues, in particular the condition of the playing surface after his visit at the end of May, have met the requirements set and the game would proceed as scheduled,” Rau stated.


PNG Hunters’ comeback stifled

Despite showing determination to come back from a 12-point deficit to lock the scores in the 57th minute, the Cutters proved too strong, delivering the crucial blow to beat the Hunters at home.

The Hunters were the first to post points following a penalty in front of the Cutters’ posts, with Ase Boas slotting over the ball in the second minute for a 2-nil lead.

Four minutes in, Adex Wera would accelerate through a gap and fends off a Cutters defender to run 30 metres for 6 – 0 lead.

2 terminated from Hunters

SP Hunters have also announced that William Mone and Jack Oii have been released from camp indefinitely.

As a result, Adex Wera and Brendon Gotuno have been named in the starting line-up for this Sunday’s Intrust Super Cup Round 9 clash against Townsville Blackhawks in Port Moresby.

Patrick Morea starts at hooker while Justin Yoka, Dilbert Isaac, Wawa Paul and Rex Kaupa have been named on the extended bench.

The 20 man squad is:

1. Bland ABAVU

2. Junior RAU

3. Adex WERA

4. Brendon NIMA

5. Brendon GOTUNO

6. Ase BOAS

SP Hunters round 6 lineup

Last weekend's debutant and Hunter Number 78, Jerry Teme, starts at halfback with Ase Boas moving to five-eighth.

Recalled to the side are Bland Abavu and vice-captain Moses Meninga.

Charlie Simon returns to the extended bench with Stanton Albert, Captain Adex Wera and Gairo Kapana.

The 20-man squad is:

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).

SP Hunters concede 16-point defeat

The hosts of Langlands Park walked off with a 30-14 win this afternoon in Brisbane.

It was a game of missed opportunities for the SP Hunters as the Tigers capitalised on their every misstep.

Eleven minutes into first half and Brandon Downey registered the first four points for his team. A conversion by Aaron Booth made sure the hosts were 6 points ahead.

Six minutes later, Aaron Booth went in for the kill again. He then successfully converted for a 12-nil lead.

We can only get better: Marum

Coach Michael Marum acknowledged that whilst saying, they can only get better.

The round 3 match saw a much better performance by the SP Hunters where they walked off with a 2-point deficit.

While a lot of positives were taken from Sunday’s match, Coach Michael Marum said they need to work on discipline as the team gave away too many penalties and errors since the first match of the 2019 Intrust Super Cup season.