The SP PNG Hunters will be banking on round 18 debutant, Jason Tali, on the wing, to lead their way back into the winning circle.
The Hunters are sitting in 6th place and no doubt will be hoping for some razzle dazzle footy in their away match against the third-placed Tweed Heads Seagulls.
The Hunting machines, in 6th spot on the competition ladder, will be up and about to carry on the ISC campaign after a well-deserved break.
The Marum-coached, 20-man side is hoping to spark the Piggabean Sports Oval in Brisbane against the Tweed Heads Seagulls who went neck to neck, tucking away an emphatic 30-22 win against Redcliffe Dolphins in round 18.
Only seven games and one bye remain for the Hunters before rounding off the top five teams, and the Hunters have already felt the pinch and will be coming out strong to move up a notch.
This match is crucial for the team and seeing changes made in the positions, skipper Israel Eliab moved to fullback while Adex Wera named in the centres.
The lineup also includes utility Lawrence Tu’u at the hooker’s position in the starting 13.
Front-rowers Esau Siune and Joe Bruno, with back-liner Tiger Emere, are nursing injuries while Wartovo Puara Jnr and Thompson Teteh are hoping for a quick recovery to join the pack.
Albert Patak was nursing an injury for the last few weeks and will join Willie Minoga, Timothy Lomai, Stanton Albert and Edward Goma to make up the extended bench.
Northern Pride dominated the competition ladder with 30 points. Easts Tigers and Tweed Heads Seagulls were on 25 points each and Wynnum Manly Seagulls and Ipswich Jets had 24 points apiece, wrapping up the top five.
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