It’s another away match for SP PNG Hunters this weekend, when they go up against the Northern Pride in round 18 of the Intrust Super Cup.
Their first Digicel Cup recruit, Jason Tali, will have to walk the talk and adapt to how competitive the semiprofessional competition is.
He has been drafted into the team from the Lae Snax Tigers.
It was a gloomy weekend for the SP PNG Hunters as they were narrowly beaten by the visitors.
Fairly contested bouts in the beginning of the match sent Hunters fans into a frenzy, as coach Michael Marum with his Tolai brand of Football, continued with more pep talks and discipline tactics as on display.
Tigers were up for a season battle as they ran rings around the home side and pulled up an undisputed 22 -16 win.
This has sparked the Marum coached side to reshuffle the backline to take on the competition Leaders, the Northern Pride this weekend at Barlow Park, Australia.
Dion Aiye was on five–eighth duty, while skipper Israel Eliab moved to centre to cover for Thompson Teteh who is nursing an injury.
Newrecruit Jason Tali is named on the bench. The Lae Snax Tigers Centre, hoping to adapt quickly and join the pack for this season’s Intrust Super Cup campaign.
The Hunters consecutive loss to Mackay Cutters and Easts Tigers will be desperately up for a win with changes in the forwards with Willie Minoga, to front row to balance the Pride’s solid forwards.
Currently, the hunters are on the sixth placing, while Northern Pride continues their hold on the first spot with 28 points, followed by Tweed Heads Seagulls on 23 points, and Wynnum Manly Seagulls and Ipswich Jets on 22 points, a piece and rounding off the top five teams.
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