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Wellington Albert out, Muka Peter Kulu in

In his place for tomorrow’s round 16 clash against Northern Pride in Cairns, coach Michael Marum has named 20-year-old Muka Peter Kulu in the starting line-up.

Kulu made his debut off the bench as Hunter #53 last Saturday.

Captain Ase Boas returns to his five eighth role while Wartovo Puara Jnr moves back to hooker.

Marum said Enock Maki has been ruled out with an ankle injury while David Loko has been omitted.

Ismael Balkawa and Noel Joel have been released to their clubs.

Hunters still on top

From 14 games played, the Hunters have won 11, lost three and had one bye. This has put them on 24 competition points. The Hunters have a points for and against of 134.

“We just need to play smarter football. That’s what we need,” said Hunters coach, Michael Marum.

“We can play better if we control our football better.

“We got a lot of positives out of the game. The Townsville Blackhawks beat Sunshine Coast Falcons so we’re still up on top of the points ladder. That’s some good news for us.”

Marum: The better team won

“It was a tough game. They were hungrier for the points. They deserved the victory.

“Our boys didn’t play well. We really need to sit down properly and look at our game heading forward. We’ve got a lot of work to do,” said Marum.

Marum added the absence of captain and five-eighth Ase Boas was not a contributing factor to the loss to the last-placed Seagulls.

“From the start, we didn’t stick to our game plan. It’s not an excuse missing the skipper. We had 13 boys who are all capable of playing.

VIDEO: Wellington Albert in doubt

Meantime Coach Marum has included Paul Wawa to the starting line -up for Saturday's Round 15 ISC clash against Tweed Heads Seagulls at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.


Sophie Yaruso reports 

Hunters and Seagulls game on Saturday

CEO of the PNG Rugby Football League, Reatau Rau, explained the change of dates, from Sunday to Saturday, was due to high demand from fans in Port Moresby.

“The QRL recently gave its endorsement of our request to play the round 15 game against Tweed Heads Seagulls on a Saturday, with kick off at 5pm. The Seagulls have agreed to this arrangement.

“This follows the success of a Saturday match in Round 9 which the Port Moresby fans thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed at the National Football Stadium,” said Rau.

All about defence: Hunters

The Hunters had to fight off a late surge from the Magpies to pick up two competition points from the round 14 clash.

“In the first half, we didn’t complete all our sets and kept defending. The Magpies had a lot of football. Second half was the same thing. Our defence got us to the end. It got us through.

“At half time, I just basically told the team to stick to the game plan. We knew the Magpies were going to back really hard on us and the result showed that.

“In terms of attack, we have a lot of work to do. We’re looking forward to this weekend,” said Marum.

Hunters scrape home with 12-8 win

It was a balanced opening quarter as both sides looked to find their rhythm.

The Hunters found theirs first in the 21st minute when Israel Eliab found space down the short side and gave it on to Watson Boas, who drew in the defence before firing out to Bland Abavu to run away to score.

Captain and five-eighth Ase Boas had no trouble converting to make it 6-0.

The Magpies found the try line later in the 31st minute of play after some good vision from Luke Archer saw him cross over on the wing.

Marum names unchanged starting line-up

The squad was announced on Tuesday this week.

Marum has added Brandy Peter, Lawrence Tu’u and Karo Kauna Jnr to the extended 20 man squad.

The 20 man squad is (three to be omitted): 1. Stargroth AMEAN 2. Bland ABAVU 3. Israel ELIAB 4. Willie MINOGA 5. Adex WERA 6. Ase BOAS – Captain 7. Watson BOAS 8. Wellington ALBERT 9. Wartovo PUARA Jnr 10. Esau SIUNE 11. Nixon PUT 12. David LOKO 13. Stanton ALBERT 14. Sailas GAHUNA 15. Rhadley BRAWA 16. Enock MAKI 17. Moses MENINGA 18. Brandy PETER 19. Lawrence TU’U 20. Karo KAUNA Jnr.

Hunters thrash Devils with 40-18 win

The home side hit the lead with a try to Luke Pollock in the fifth minute. But the Hunters responded just four minutes later through Stargroth Amean.

Tries to both teams left the score locked at 12-12 at the break.

The second half was when the Hunters put the points on, starting in the 41st minute when in-form winger Adex Wera crossed over to score.

Tries also went to Bland Abavu in the 45th minute, Stanton Albert (56), Nixon Put (62) and Moses Meninga (78).

Brandy Peter determined to cement spot

The lad from Karani village, in the Southern Highlands Province, who started playing rugby league in primary school in Port Moresby, said he sacrificed his studies at the University of Technology in Lae and pushed his way into the SP Hunters.

“I withdrew from studies and started with the Hunters.

“Last year I played my 50th Intrust Super Cup game and played Test matches for PNG," he said.

“I got offered contracts to play overseas so I trained with Souths Logan Magpies during the pre-season for two to three months and I came back to PNG.