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Another loss away for the Hunters

Despite a good start from the Hunters, it was the home side who got on the board first through a penalty conversion from Kotoni Staggs in the 4th minute.

The Hunters continued to attack and they managed to find the try line in the 9th minute after rookie winger Junior Rau scored off a Watson Boas grubber.

Brother and skipper, Ase Boas kicked a penalty goal to push the Hunters out to 6-2.

But the Dolphins maintained their composure and struck twice in the back end of the first half to give them a 14-6 advantage at the break.

Hunters to challenge for Stan Joyce Cup

The team was finalized yesterday afternoon with coach Michael Marum naming two debutants - Patrick Morea and Junior Bobby in his final 18 that will have the mammoth task of trying to win back the Cup.

Not playing this weekend is Adex Wera and enforcer Adam Korave.

The team left for Brisbane this morning. The round six clash will kick off tomorrow at 6pm at Dolphin Stadium.

Head-to-Head: PNG 6 Redcliffe 2 Drawn 1

The Hunters only win at Redcliffe was in their first Cup match back in 2014.

The final 18:

1. Edene GABBIE

2. Junior RAU

Junior Bobby in, Gotuno out

Junior Bobby becomes Hunter No. 64 when he runs on in the starting line up on the wing in place of Brendon Gotuno who has been omitted while Morea will become Hunter No. 65 when he comes off the bench.

Edene Gabbie has been moved to fullback for the injured Adex Wera. Junior Rau shifts to the wing with Paul Wawa making a return to the starting line up in the centres.

Baundo Aba starts at prop in place of Adam Korave who has been omitted. Watson Boas will partner brother Ase in the halves. Enock Maki returns from injury and has been named on the bench.

Hunters in 10th place after round five

Out of five games, the Hunters have only won two, which have been home games. The defending premiers are yet to win away, having lost all three games.

This has put them on four competition points with a points difference of -14.

Round six will see the Hunters play away this weekend against the Redcliffe Dolphins at Dolphin Stadium, Australia. The match will start at 6pm.

The current standings:

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

Amean has no regrets

Speaking after training yesterday, Amean said he has no regrets about his decision to leave rugby league and focus on school.

“If I had the chance to go back, I wouldn’t change anything.

“Knowing the boys, they’re more like family to me. Leaving them and the coaching staff has been so hard.”

The 27-year-old from Wabag, Enga Province, explained his reasons.

Marum makes two big changes

These were the two big changes announced by SP Hunters coach, Michael Marum this week ahead of Sunday’s round four clash against the Tweed Heads Seagulls at the Oil Search National Football Stadium.

Adam Korave returns to the side after sitting out last weekend due to concussion and will start at prop.

Baundo Aba and Julius Yakopa have been named on the extended bench and will become Hunter #61 and #62 if they are named in the final 17.

The 20 man squad (three to be omitted): 

1. Stargroth AMEAN

2. Edene GABBIE

3. Adex WERA

Hunters beaten in Brisbane

Three tries in twenty minutes gave the home side a commanding 18-0 lead at half-time.

The Hunters found themselves further behind on the scoreboard two minutes into the second half when centre Jye Ballinger crossed over.

Matt Soper-Lawler had a perfect afternoon with the boot converting to make it 4/4.

It took 57 minutes for the Hunters to finally register points through a try from Nixon Put.

Three minutes later, the Hunters were in again this time, it was Wartovo Puara Jr who found the line.


Yei in, Maki out

Hunter #56, Yei made his debut off the bench last weekend, but was given the nod by coach, Michael Marum to be given a run in the first 13, in place of the injured Enock Maki.

Maki was injured in last weekend's win.

Ila Alu has been named on the bench and will become Hunter #59 if he takes the field on Saturday.

Brendon Gotuno, Muka Peter Kulu and Stargroth Amean have also been named on the extended bench.


The 20-man squad is: (two to be omitted)

1. Adex WERA

2. Wawa PAUL

3. Nixon PUT