SP PNG Hunters

Round 3 Match Report: SP PNG Hunters v Brisbane Tigers

The Tigers found the scoreboard early, making the most of some early field position to score through centre Bernard Gregorius.

The Hunters responded well, applying pressure with their defence and working upfield effectively through the middle. On the back of this, in the 17th minute and in his debut appearance for the Hunters, halfback Jamie Mavoko orchestrated PNG’s first points with a perfectly weighted grubber kick that Rodick Tai would fall on to score.

Round 2 Match Report: SP PNG Hunters v CQ Capras

The SP PNG Hunters have fallen short to a fast-starting CQ Capras side 26-16 in Round 2 of the Hostplus Cup at Browne Park, Rockhampton.

The Capras were on from the kick-off, working their way up-field in the opening set to launch an attacking kick skyward on the last. The Hunters couldn’t field it cleanly and Capras’ winger Brandon Roberts was the beneficiary, diving on the loose ball to open the scoring.  

Backrower Ethan O’Neill was next to score for the Capras, latching onto a perfectly weighted grubber from five-eighth Raedean Robinson to score next to the posts.

Hunters To Keep Form Against Capras

The Hunters kicked off the season with an encouraging 16-10 win over the Mackay Cutters in Round 1. The Hunters markedly improved their discipline and handling from the preseason trials and took an early lead against the Cutters, thanks to tries from Solo Wane and Dilbert Isaac. From there the Hunters’ defended their lead through the second half before

SP PNG Hunters Round 1 Match Report

The Hunters enjoyed an excellent start, getting through their opening set before strong contact in defence forced the Cutters into an error with their first possession. Starting props Casey Dickson and Sylvester Namo consistently bent the line with their carries to open the game and Mackay had no answer. Left-edge backrower Benji Kot came awfully close to crashing over the line after collecting a late offload before the Hunters forced yet another error in Mackay’s half.

Namo To Lead Hunters Pack

The Hunters wrapped up a grueling preseason with a promising trial win over the West Brisbane Panthers A-grade side last week.

The Mackay Cutters went down 22-18 to the CQ Capras in their preseason trial game and were midway through a match against the NQ Cowboys Young Guns before extreme weather saw the game called off.

The last time these two sides met was in Round 12 last year when Mackey narrowly beat the Hunters 40-30 in a high scoring contest. The Hunters flew out to an early lead in that game but could not hold off a fast-finishing Cutters outfit.

BSP Gets Behind The PNG Hunters

Yesterday, 15th of March, BSP Group CEO Robin Fleming announced their K150,000 support to help the team continue their hunt for the top spots in this year’s Hostplus Cup and make PNG proud

BSP Group CEO Robin Fleming and SP PNG Hunters Commercial Manager Alan Moramoro formalized the sponsorship deal in a joint media conference held at the NFS yesterday.

Fleming said BSP Financial Group said they are proud  to rally behind the SP PNG Hunters 2022 season in the Queensland Hotplus Cup with K150,000 sponsorship.

Tested in Capras trial match

The Hunters used a 21-man squad for Saturday night’s game as they look to confirm team selections and build on combinations ahead of the Hostplus Cup regular season.

The Hunters were tested from the opening set when lock-forward and captain, Ila Alu, left the field with a shoulder injury and forced the Hunters into a reshuffle.

They entered the sheds at halftime down 10-0 but there were positives to come with the Hunters matching their opponents in the second half to finish the game 20-10.

Barras Meet Hunters

The PNG Barramundis (Cricket) and PNG Hunters (Rugby League) have currently been living and training together at the “Gold Coast Sport High Performance Centre” at Runaway Bay. The Australian High Commission Papua New Guinea supports both teams.

Both sporting teams and organisations continue to represent PNG with immense pride and class. The Barramundis and the SP PNG Hunters were all smiles despite the rain in a combined session last week. 

Hunters, Fiji Silktails Name Squads

Runaway Bay’s Bycroft Oval will celebrate Melanesian and Indigenous culture with the game to also provide an opportunity for the rugby league community to raise funds and awareness for Tonga Recovery Appeal.
Hunters coach, Matt Church and Silktails coach, Wes Naiqama have both named strong squads for Saturday's game.

The match will kick-off at 4.30pm on Saturday and televised live on Digicel TV Event Channel.

Hunters’ young guns seize NRL trial opportunity

The match will be the curtain raiser to the North Queensland Cowboys vs Brisbane Broncos NRL trial. 

Hunters’ assistant coach Stanley Tepend will also spend the early part of the week in the NQ Young Guns camp as part of his ongoing professional development.