PNG Hunters aim for win against Norths Devils
Though the Devils are in 12th place but they have the service of the Fiji Batis fullback in Ryan Millard who will again face another "Kumul" impact. Millard featured prominently in their 22-10 belting of the Papua New Guinea Kumuls a fortnight ago.
Coach Michael Marum has faith in the 17 that delivered a much needed victory to assert themselves with the man of the match Ase Boas doing less talking and more action in the halves. Boas will need to team up with skipper Israel Eliab who is an effective ball runner and can easily sneak out cracks in the opposition defense. Thompson Tete has proven over time as the game breaker and will combine well with lanky Bland Abavu who is aggressive both in attack and defense. Roger Laka is relishing his role coming on Wartovo Puara Junior but Marum won’t gamble with the choice of leaving out the diminutive hooker for more than 10 minutes.
The Hunters have improved from last standing to fifth place and will need to cement a spot in the top eight to be serious contenders. Injuries and form will be on the main agenda for Marum as he guides his side against the Devils.
Norths are backing up from a close but heart-warming 26-24 victory over CQ Capras and the SP Hunters will have to go out with all guns blazing to overcome the home side. Marum has made only one change bringing in Enock Maki, back from injury, on the interchange bench in place of Timothy Lomai.
The SP Hunters on 12 points sit in fifth position but how teams are perched on the premiership table can be deceiving and 12th placed Norths (6 points) will be out to prove exactly that.
The SP Hunters team is:
Israel Eliab (c)
Coach: Michael Marum