SP PNG Hunters

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The match will be underway here at the Oil Search National Football Stadium.

Bland Abavu will now shift to the wing in place of Junior Rau who is sick.

The SP Hunters will also be without the services of the injured Junior Rop.

Dilbert Isaac takes his position at lock.

Hunters coach, Michael Marum said the final 18 will be confirmed at the Captain’s Run this Saturday. 

Hunters in 13th spot

The Hunters, along with the Redcliffe Dolphins and the CQ Capras, currently sit at the bottom of the ladder, having only won a match each.

The Hunters desperately need to win matches to stay within range of the top 8 for a chance to make the finals with 16 rounds of football remaining.

The PNG side will have to shake off the loss quickly as they take on third-placed Burleigh Bears on Thursday at Pizzey Park in the Gold Coast.

Hunters slump to sixth defeat

The Hunters looked frustrated as they were unable to chase down the Jets who scored five tries to deliver another blow to the Hunters campaign.

It was tit-for-tat in the opening minutes before the Jets centre, Rogan Dean, beat Brendon Gotuno to cross over in the 9th minute for a converted try to lead 6-0.

Three minutes later, Hunters’ Brendan Nima scored after Joe Joshua ran off a second man play to attract two defenders to find Nima.

Ase Boas missed for a 6 – 4 score line.

Hunters jump two spots after win

Their 28-10 victory at McIndoe Park, in Emerald, ensured the boys left the fourteenth rung behind in the Intrust Super Cup competition.

The SP Hunters came out firing from the start, making up for the missed opportunities from their first five matches.

Though it was the Capras' 500th Intrust Super Cup game, the PNG boys left no stone unturned as they put points on the scoreboard in the first 10 minutes of the round 6 match.

Hunters bag first win

The Hunters ran in five tries to the Capras’ two to take the win in front of a vocal Hunters crowd that turned up at the McIndoe Park in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.

The Hunters opened the scoring through Brendan Gotuno off a Woods Kawage grubber in front of the Capras line to take a 4 – 0 lead in the 10th minute.

The Capras replied six minutes later when five-eighth Maipele Morseu ran past flimsy defence to score to take the lead 6 – 4.

SP Hunters drop to bottom rung

The Tigers defeated the Hunters 30-14 at Langlands Park, Brisbane, on Saturday.

Overeagerness by the PNG side gave rise to unnecessary errors and penalties, opening the door for the Tigers to stroll through.

Hunters look for first win against Falcons

The Hunters have won four out of nine meetings against the Falcons, one of them being the famous last minute grand final win more than a year ago.

Justin Olam will face the Hunters for the fifth time in his career since joining the Melbourne Storm feeder club in 2017.

The SP Hunters, who are underdogs coming into this match, were the victors in their last match in Round 16 beating the Falcons 24-12.

The Hunters will be testing out a new halves combination and spine combination following the two opening round losses.

Hunters go down in first home match

The SP Hunters had no answers to the Pride onslaught as they raced to an 18-nil lead at half-time with a polished performance.

Five-eighth, Jake Clifford, put on a master class performance to steer the Pride to a win.

Following a fumble by Gairo Kapana from kick-off, the Pride crossed over the 3rd minute through Mathew Musumeci to take a 6-nil lead.

William Bugden would score 3 minutes later after sustained pressure on the Hunters.

The Hunters with possession were unable to make any inroads with many errors.

Hunters secure Intrust Super Cup future

The four-year extension to play in the QRL’s flagship statewide competition is set to provide a significant boost for the game in PNG, as well as Queensland, with big crowds again expected to follow the Hunters.

QRL Chairman Bruce Hatcher said it was an exciting time for fans of the Intrust Super Cup, which kicks off next month. 

“We’re delighted to stand alongside the PNGRFL for this important announcement today, as the Hunters’ continued participation is important on many fronts,” Hatcher said.

Kato Ottio’s life celebrated

Hundreds gathered to commemorate the first anniversary of his death with his family and friends, including the management of the PNG Rugby Football League and the PNG Hunters train-on squad.

Significant to the occasion was the opening of his mother’s house; a dream that late Ottio always had.

Mixed emotions played at the gathering in Tatana Village today to celebrate the life of the Kumul number 269.

It was one of happiness that Ottio’s life and even his death brought blessings to his family.