By Staff Reporter : PNG Today
The round 1 of the 2017 Intrust Super Cup will see a new-look CQ Capras will host the PNG Hunters at Browne Park – the scene of one of their most remarkable wins last season. The home side stunned the highly fancied visitors 27-20 in their Round 11 match, with Reece Baker scoring a double.
Both sides have undergone a personnel revamp in the off-season with Capras coach Kim Williams looking to add experience to his line-up by signing names such as former NRL player Matt Groat (Dewsbury Rams) and well-regarded hooker Krys Freeman (returning from a stint with Newcastle).
The Hunters however are welcoming home a number of players who have previously performed well for them on the big stage – headlined by 2015 Intrust Super Cup Five-Eighth of the Year Israel Eliab from the London Broncos. He is joined in the squad by Wellington brothers Albert and Stanton and tough forward Willie Minoga who is back from the Blackhawks.
CQ Capras v PNG Hunters
Browne Park on Saturday, March 4 - 6.05pm
Referee: Nick Pelgrave
Head-to-Head: PNG 3 Central 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #CQCvPNG
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The Teams are:
PNG Hunters :1. Bland Abavu 2. Butler Morris 3. Adex Wera 4. Willie Minoga 5. William Aquila 6. Israel Eliab 7. Ase Boas (c) 8. Henry Noki 9. Gahuna Silas 10. Esau Siune 11. Nixon Put 12. David Loko 13. Stanton Albert 14. Lawrence Tuú 15. Ishmael Balkawa 16. Enoch Maki 17. Moses Meninga 18. Radley Brawa 19. Karo Kauna 20. Noel Joel
Coach: Michael Marum
CQ Capras: 1. Tony Tumusa 2. Ken Tofilau 3. Justin Tavae 4. Samuel Smith 5. Junior Kirisome 6. Reece Baker 7. Jack Madden 8. Matthew Groat 9. Krys Freeman 10. Oliver Percy 11. Guy Williams (c) 12. Marco Delapena 13. Gavin Hiscox 14. Maipele Morseau 15. Victor Halfpenny 16. Jack Kavanagh 17. William Cullen
Coach: Kim Williams
Source: QRL/PNG Today