COACH Michael Marum has retained the team that gave the SP Papua New Guinea
Hunters one of their best performances so far this season, a 42-12 victory over
Souths Logan Magpies in Kokopo last week.
The Hunters are a good chance of claiming their third win on the trot having beaten the visiting Redcliffe Dolphins 24-18 in Round 1 of the Queensland Cup.The only change to that side
has been the return of Thompson Teteh to the centres, the position he vacated
due to injury.
Adex Wera who was also replaced due to injury makes a return but off the bench with Marum electing to stick with Albert Patak who had a solid game at fullback last week.
Timothy Lomai, also making a comeback due to injury but was worked slowly into the side off the bench last game, moves into the starting side at prop, partnering Esau Siune.
Should Lomai match the work-rate that Siune has been putting in during his absence, the Hunters
go-forward potential would be given a significant boost and a great platform to
unleash their potent backs.
The rest of side is unchanged as the Hunters, enjoying their first real opportunity at uninterrupted preparation at home, as they host Redcliffe Dolphins on Saturday.
This is due to the team’s relocation to Kokopo last week and which relieves them of the fatigue
associated with the weekly grind of travel – a situation that the South Pacific-sponsored Hunters had to endure when they had been based at the Bomana Police College in Port Moresby since the beginning of the Instrust Super Cup in April.
The Hunters are third on the Q-Cup ladder on 19 points and with 12
more rounds to go the competition’s newcomers from league mad Papua New Guinea
are in line for a maiden finals appearance in their debut year.
Helping the cause is the fact that seven of the last 12 match will be played at the ground
fast living up to its foreboding reputation as the graveyard. The Hunters: 1.
Albert Patak 2. Garry Lo 3. Noel Zeming 4. Thompson Teteh 5. Edward Goma 6.
Israel Eliab (c) 7. Roger Laka 8. Timothy Lomai 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Esau Siune
11. George Benson 12. David Loko 13. Adam Korave 14. Dion Aiye 15. Willie
Minoga 16. Lawrence Tu’u 17. Adex Wera 18. Sebastian Pandia 19. Tiger Emere 20.
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Downer Rugby League 9s World Cup
- PNG Kumuls 0 Australia 26
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Pacific Test Results
201 9 - PNG Kumuls 28 Great Britain Lions 10
2019 - Fiji Bati 22 PNG Kumuls 20
2019 - PNG Kumls 6 Samoa 24
2018 - PNG Kumuls 26 Fiji Bati 14
2017 - PNG Kumuls 32 Cook Islands 22
2016 - PNG Kumuls 24 Fiji Bati 22
2015- Fiji Bati 22 PNG Kumuls 22
World Cup Results
Round 1 : PNG Kumuls 50 Wales 6
Round 2: PNG Kumuls 14 Ireland 6
Round 3 PNG Kumuls 64 USA 0
Quarter Finals : PNG Kumuls 6 England 36