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Maki out as PNG Hunters prepare for Northern Pride

The 20 men PNG Hunters squad that will take on the Northern Pride this Saturday in Cairns were named this afternoon by Coach Michael Marum.

McKenzie Yei will replace Enoch Maki who was injured in last weekend’s match. Brendon Gotuno, Muka Peter Kulu and Stargroth Amean have been named on the extended bench.

Coach Michael Marum admitted that the game last weekend was not as good as they expected and they have brushed up those errors during training this week.

“Our performance last week wasn’t good enough, we dropped a lot of balls and there were so many missed tackles when the Jets kept on off loading” said Marum.
The Coach is positive and looking forward to a good match this weekend which he hopes they start off well in the first half and end it off well in the 2nd half also.

“We understand the Prides have some big forward pack and they also have some experienced players like Todd Carney but we will do our best and hopefully finish off well in the 2nd half”
The 20 man squad is:

1. Adex WERA
2. Wawa PAUL
3. Nixon PUT
4. Willie MINOGA
5. Butler MORRIS
6. Ase BOAS – Captain
7. Watson BOASs
8. Moses MENINGA
9. Wartovo PUARA
10. McKenzie YEI
11. Rhadley BRAWA
12. John ANDY
13. Adam KORAVE


14. Charlie SIMON
15. Ila ALU
16. Edene GABBIE
17. Dilbert ISAAC
18. Stargroth AMEAN
19. Muka Peter KULU
20. Brendon GOTUNO

The final 18 to travel will be named on Thursday and the team flies to Cairns on Friday morning with the Captains Run to take place at the Brothers Oval around 4pm.

This will be followed by a ‘Meet and Greet” with the PNG community and supporters at 5pm.

The Round 2 clash kicks off at 6pm on Saturday at Barlow Park. The SP Hunters return to Port Moresby on Sunday.

2017 Results
• SP Hunters 26 def Northern Pride 10 at NFS
• SP Hunters 18 def Northern Pride 14 at Barlow Park.

Head to Head - 7 Games
• SP Hunters – 3 wins (Home), 2 wins (Away), 1 loss (Home), 1 loss (Away)

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