SP PNG Hunters

Hunters set

The Hunters are hoping for an away win this time, with Thompson Teteh making a comeback in the Hunters camp, and Captain Ase Boas to add confidence to the boys this weekend.

The SP Hunters take on Wynnum Manly in Round 10 of the Intrust Super Cup match on Sunday May 13, 2018 at 3pm, at the BMD Kougari oval in Brisbane.

Head coach Michael Marum has finalised the 18 man travelling team to Brisbane tomorrow.

Dilbert Isaac gets a start at prop with Ila Alu named to partner Put in the second row.

Hunters name 20 men squad

Thompson Teteh has made the Hunters camp, for a one year stint.

He recently signed the contract and has been named in this weekend’s line-up against the Wynum Manly Seagulls.

Teteh played for the played for the Redcliffe Dolphins during the 2017 ISC season.

Teteh was excited to be given another opportunity to represent PNG.

Bears too tough for Hunters

Today the boys lost their fifth away game to the Burleigh Bears at Pizzey Park, who sit comfortably in first place with 14 points

Bears proved too tough for the defending champs, sealing the match with a 34-18 scoreline after Round 8.

The Adex Wera and Rhadley Brawa captained side locked horns with their toughest competitors yet, despite scoring their first and second through Junior Rau and Wera.

It was 12-10 at halftime.

Returning for second half, the Hunters managed another try through Butler Morris to put them ahead of the Bears.

New Nasfund brand ambassador

Boas signed a 12-month contract with Nasfund as the superannuation institution profiled its voluntary contributions product in Port Moresby yesterday (April 26).

Chief of member services, Charlie Gilichibi, said Nasfund is pleased to have this association with Ase Boas and the PNG Hunters to profile and grow this product.

Hunters focus on defence

"We gave away three easy tries last weekend and that's something we've been working on to improve before we travel down," said coach, Michael Marum

"Other things like our kicking game and game plan execution are areas we've been training on during the week."

Marum knows the Falcons will be out for revenge after losing 12-10 to the Hunters in last year's grand final, adding his side will need to lift, especially in defence.

"They've done a lot of changes to their line-up.  They've got a young and strong team.

Pride hand Hunters first loss

A double from winger, Shawn Bowen plus two successful conversions and a penalty goal from Jake Clifford shot Pride up to a  14-0 lead at half-time.

Murray Taulagi extended the lead out to three converted tries crossing over in the 45th minute.

Tries to Charlie Simon and captain, Ase Boas put the Hunters back in contention.

Boas added the extras to his own try to bring the score to 18-10 with 19 minutes remaining.

But the home side ran in their fourth try of the night through Nathan Wales only minutes later to regain a comfortable lead.

TV Wan Action to broadcast international double header

These two games will mark the official start to our PNG Rugby League season.

Our two champion teams – Digicel Cup premiers Lae Snax Tigers and Queensland Intrust Super Cup premiers SP PNG Hunters - begin their defence against quality opposition.

In a statement, PNGRFL CEO, Reatau Rau explained that both games are equal in status with the first game between the Tigers and Nadi Aviators not dubbed as a curtain raiser but the first of the international double header for the day.

Dedicate our service of rugby to God: Boas

The Hunters attended the PNG Christian Fellowship at Gerehu to dedicate the year 2018 to God in prayer.

It had also been an all too long, hard year for the players back in 2017 after they returned home to celebrate their victory in the Intrust Super Cup but also later losing one of their own, Kato Ottio, during one of their usual trainings.

“I try to take the guys out of rugby as they also need to be spiritually fit,” says SP Hunters captain Ase Boas during the service.

Hunters players in shock; training suspended

Coach of the Hunters, Michael Marum explained the players will need time off to help deal with Ottio’s sudden passing early this morning.

All 32 players in the train-on squad led by Marum were at Tatana village this morning and with the body of their former teammate then led the convoy of vehicles out to the Funeral Home.

“Players that spent the last two to three years playing alongside him are still in shock. We had all been with him for the last two days.

 “We suspended Hunters training effective as of yesterday when we saw that he (Kato) wasn’t well.

Hunters’ stage fright

The Penrith Panthers proved too good for PNG Hunters, posting a dominant 42-18 win in their Intrust Super Championship game in Sydney on Sunday.

The win was set up by the Panthers in the first half, with the Hunters putting in a performance they would rather forget.

It took the SP PNG Hunters 38 minutes to score their first try through centre Adex Wera, who crossed over in the corner for the first of 3 tries for the Hunters.

Hunters’ right centre Bland Abavu, who went into this game hungry to put a try to his name, did so with a try in the corner.