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67 wins from 100 games for Marum

Marum’s record in the Intrust Super Cup: 67 wins, 29 losses and four draws.

A humble Marum said it was an honour.

“I don’t really look at my own statistics. It was just another game for me,” said Marum.

“It’s an honour to be coaching at this level to get a 100 games. It’s good to be coaching against some of the best rugby players in the past and coaches too.”

Ball turnover a problem for both teams

Three tries put the Hunters in charge at half-time with a 16-6 lead.

But the tide turned and the home side spent the better part of the second half defending their line

“We didn’t have the football in the second half. We gave away too many balls there so that’s something to work on,” said coach Michael Marum.

Ipswich Jets coach, Shane Walker, put his side’s loss down to the same factor.

“Yeah like Michael said about his own team, we turned over quite a bit of ball. There were a lot of turnovers.

Hunters squad named for round 1 clash

Captain Ase Boas is back after being given the green light, while fullback Stargroth Amean has been ruled out of the opener due to injury.

Forward John Andy will become Hunter #54 after being named in the starting side.

"Stargroth is still nursing a rib injury and also has a chest infection so Adex Wera comes in for him at fullback," said Assistant Coach, Nigel Hukula.

"John is a dynamic player and brings a lot of aggression to the game, earning him a call up."

On the return of Boas, Hukula said the star halfback is fit and will be back at his best.

Post-match report

It didn’t come easy for the Broncos who eventually found their rhythm in the second half after trailing 12-6 at the break.

“It was everything we expected today. We knew the Hunters were going to come out firing and be physical through the middle and as you saw the result in the first half, they didn’t stop putting pressure on us and they were getting a lot of momentum.

“We had to regroup in the second half and go over our processes and make sure that we weren’t handing over the possession that we were at half time.”

Star to lead Hunters into battle

This was announced by coach Michael Marum this afternoon after training.

“At the moment, I feel really humbled to take the place of Ase Boas.

“I know it’s a really big shoe to fill.

“I’m going to do what I can do to lead the boys around the park.”

The classy fullback said preparations have gone well. 

"We’re just keeping the atmosphere in camp relaxed and composed.

“We’re all relaxed at the moment and concentrating on taking training one day at a time and know the game will take care of itself.”

Puma to fuel Hunters into 2020

General Manager Strategy and External Affairs, Hulala Tokome said Puma’s sponsorship since its inception in 2014 leading up to 2020 will total just under K150, 000.

“We are committed to the country in terms of being able to support and sponsor in various ways especially within our Community Service Responsibility areas of activity in health, education and women and children.

“In this particular case, we continue to support the Hunters. Our sponsorship very much has been in kind for the provision of fuel.

“We wish the Hunters all the best this season.

Hunters' final squad announced

Coach Michael Marum said it was made official last night when the players put pen to paper.

He added the team is ready for this season.

“Training resumed last Thursday and we are preparing for the pre-season trial match against NRL giants Brisbane Broncos.

“We want to put up a good performance against the Broncos and try out new combinations as well as give the new players some experience,” said coach Marum.

The 29-man squad (in alphabetical order) is:

1.         Baundo Aba                -           Enga Mioks

Ottio now at Funeral Home

Hundreds of mourners flocked in to Tatana village this morning to the house of the rugby league centre.

Some of the first there were the PNG Rugby Football League, SP Hunters players and management led by coach, Michael Marum.

Just after 10am, Ottio’s body was carried by his teammates into the waiting funeral home van to be taken to Erima.

More details of his untimely passing will be released after the PNGRFL and Ottio’s family meet.

Panthers too strong for Hunters

The Intrust Super Premiership NSW winners raced away to the lead after 16 minutes, thanks to three tries from centre Tony Satini.

It was all one way traffic with the Hunters struggling to stop the onslaught. Tries came from Darren Nicholls and Viliame Kikau and one to Jarome Luai.

The Hunters’ only points came off the boot of captain Ase Boas, who kicked a penalty goal.

Satini was not done yet and scored his fourth of the match right on the half-time siren to take the score out to 38-2.

Marum retains grand final winning team

The 18 man squad are as follows:

1.         Stargroth AMEAN

2.         Paul WAWA

3.         Bland ABAVU

4.         Adex WERA

5.         Butler MORRIS

6.         Ase BOAS (C)

7.         Watson BOAS

8.         Wellington ALBERT

9.         Wartovo PUARA JR

10.       Stanton ALBERT

11.       David LOKO

12.       Nixon PUT

13.       Moses MENINGA

14.       Rhadley BRAWA

15.       Willie MINOGA

16.       Enock MAKI

17.       Brandy PETER

18.       Esau SIUNE