THE return of Esau Siune, pictured, to the Hunters for Saturday’s match
against the Sunshine Coast Falcons will bolster a forward pack that was run
ragged last match.
The Hunters’ middle third was a highway for Tweed Heads
forwards as the new combinations were unable to keep up the intensity.
As a result the Hunters found themselves on the backfoot at crucial stages and the
points kept piling up, eventually breaching the half-century mark.
Getting the Hunters back to some kind of parity in that department should not be a
problem for workaholic Siune who averages more hit ups than tackles.
The 26-year-old had to wait four rounds before cementing a starting berth and
stats-wise is one of Michael Marum’s best front-rowers.
The Kundiawa man has a knack for featuring at least once in every set when he is on the field
and has been known to take two hit ups in one set, such is his thirst for the
collisions that are an occupational hazard for his position.
Although he can be prone to handling errors, Siune’s importance as the mainstay of the pack is
He is joined by another talented player in Timothy Lomai, while
19-year-old Stanton Albert, who has been named on an extended bench could
complete a three-prop rotation system.
Marum has tried various combinations in the front-row so far this season but arguably all those combinations worked well when Siune was one part of the eaquation.
The other stars in the pack that are expected to shine this weekend are David Loko, who is back to the second-row, Sebastian Pandia, Adam Korave and impact forward Willie Minoga.
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