SP Hunters coach Michael Marum is continuing his trend of a small mobile bench to get the job done against the visiting Central Coast Capras on Saturday.
After beating the Redcliffe Dolphins 24-18 and the Mackay Cutters 24-16 in the opening two rounds of the Queensland Cup, Marum’s tactic of using quick-footed runners down the middle third to catch tiring defences has worked well so far.
The Hunters yesterday named an unchanged side to take on the Capras this weekend.
One player adding impact of the bench has been Willie Minoga, who has turned a new leaf playing a forward role, after making his mark as a centre for the Lae Tigers in the Digicel Cup.
Marum’s use of a light but mobile bench has seen him leave out noted forwards Esau Siune and Gonzela Urakusie, while the impressive form of Lawrence Tu’u, Minoga, Noel Zeming and Adam Korave means Kumuls Siune and Urakusie will have to bide their time until injury or form gives them a chance.
The irresistible form of fullback Adex Wera and centre Thompson Teteh has been the talking point while the five-eighth Israel Eliab looks more and more comfortable in the leadership role and certainly has the respect of his troops.
The Hunters have a score to settle with the Rockhampton-based Capras who out-played and out-muscled them 30-18 in a warm-up match last month.
Coached by former Canterbury Bulldogs rake and Queensland Origin player Jason Hetherington, the Capras bring a forward-oriented style with Brisbane Broncos squad member Arlin Paki, a prop with a reputation for hard running and pulling off big hits, expected to test the home side at Kalabond Oval.
Capras halfback Theeran Pearson n’t have found memories of the last clash between the two sides.
The playmaker left the field in the second half of the first clash at Browne Park with a gash needing 12 stitches.
Backrower Adam Dale has fonder recollections having scooped the man of the match that night.
The Capras will bring their same in-your-face style in Kokopo would have worked out what the Hunters need to do to neutralise and take out side that lost 36-28 to the Northern Pride in their last match.
SP Hunters: 1. Adex Wera 2. Garry Lo 3. Thompson Teteh 4. Albert Patak 5. George Benson 6. Israel Eliab (c) 7. Roger Laka 8. Joe Bruno 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Timothy Lomai 11. David Loko 12. Brandy Peter 13. Sebastian Pandia 14. Noel Zemming 15. Willie Minoga 16. Lawrence Tu’u 17. Adam Korave 18. Noel Joel The National