Hunters set trap

Marum stick with combos against Easts Tigers, says Hukula


THE SP PNG Hunters will stick to combinations they are moulding for this season’s Queensland Intrust Super Cup competition.

Assistant coach Nigel Hukula said head coach Michael Marum will continue to stick and work on combinations in the team as they prepare to take on the East Tigers this afternoon at 3pm at the National Football Stadium.

A huge home crowd is expected to turn out for the match and the Hunters will be buoyed by the return of Adex Wera to the centres and vice- captain Wellington Albert making his debut from the bench as the 50th Hunter after overcoming a sternum injury in what should be an entertaining match.

“We are still trying to work out our combinations especially our spine from the fullback to Izzy (Israel Eliab) at number 6, Ase Boas at 7 and Silas Gahuna at 9 obviously if we stick with our processes things will work out, as you all know Izzy is coming back from a stint with the London Broncos and he was playing in the centres while over there having said that it is a long season so we want to ensure we cover all bases as the season progresses” said Hukula.

Having edged the Central Qld Carpras, last week, in the Hunters’ opening match of the season, Hukula conceded that the left side combination of Willie Minoga and William Aquila still needed some work in defence as all the Capras tries was scored through the left flank.

“Willie Minoga and William Aquila they are a very new combinations since the trials they have played together only twice all the points were scored on their side last week so we have worked with them and they can only get better playing together, Minoga showed some pace scoring the try that sealed the match for us he’s been good at centre having played their during his time with the Digicel Cup,” said Hukula.

The 20 man squad is: 1 Bland Abavu, 2 Butler Morris, 3 Adex Wera, 4 Willie Minoga, 5 William Aquila, 6 Israel Eliab, 7 Ase Boas ©, 8 Henry Wan, 9 Silas Gahuna, 10 Esau Siune, 11 Nixon Put, 12 David Loko, 13 Stanton Albert, 14 Lawrence Tu’u, 15 Wellington Albert, 16 Enoch Maki, 17 Moses Meninga, 18 Karo Kauna Jr, 19 Ishmael Balkawa, 20 Watson Boas.

Meanwhile, the visiting East Tigers arrived yesterday and are desperate for their first win of the season after coming off a 7-7 draw against the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

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