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Papua New Guinea

Hunters, Magpies in bottom of table clash

Rugby League
BY SIMON KESLEP

It is anybody’s game in the bottom ladder clash between hosts SP PNG Hunters (13th) and the visiting Souths Logan Magpies (12th) in Intrust Super Cup round 11 competition at Oil Search National Football Stadium on Sunday.

QRL stats indicates both teams met on 10 occasions with the home team having won nine of those outings while Magpies settled with only one win (Magpies 20 Hunters 12, April 22, 2018).

This season Magpies have a 20 per cent win (2/10) while Hunters settled for 10 per cent (1/10).

Hunters Coach Michael Marum on Tuesday made yet another reshuffle in their line up with the playing group by calling in inform Agmark Rabaul Gurias fullback Terry Wapi who will make his debut (Hunter 82) and the return of utility player and Hunter No.44 Sailas Gahuna.

Disciplinary actions also continues to mount up for Hunters as Coach Marum released lock forward Junior Rop and Bland Abavu from camp which also brings the number of players released this season to four following the exit of Joe Joshua and Joe Frank earlier.

Since the start of this season and now into round 11, Magpies have scored a total of 174 points compared to Hunters 108. They (Magpies) conceded 337 while Hunters 266 and have a completion rate of 69 per cent (Magpies) and Hunters on 61 per cent.

Defensively on tackle efficiency both teams are even on 82 per cent (Hunters 82.6 per cent, Magpies 82.7 per cent).

After round 10, Hunters captain Moses Meninga tops the offload passing stats with 22 which is also a boost factor for the team and he (Meninga) is likely to continue doing what he is expected to deliver on game day.

Both teams will surely put on a hard effort game performance as the match kicks off at 3pm while starting off the double header hype will be the Digicel Cup round 8 match fixture between NCDC Port Moresby Vipers and PRK Gulf Isou at 12.45pm.

Hunters squad: Terry Wapi, Junior Rau, Brendon Gotuno, Brendon Nima, Gairo Kapana, Justin Yoka, Nick Hasu, Moses Meninga (captain), Sailas Gahuna, Enock Maki, McKenzie Yei, Kevin Appo, Baundo Aba. Interchange: Jerry Teme, Dilbert Isaac, Epel Kapinias, Adex Wera, Ase Boas, Smith Siviri, Shane Haro.

Magpies squad: Linc Port, Jacob Tonge, Fanitesi Niu, Lenny Magey, Matt Soper-Lawler, Guy Hamilton, Gerome Burns, Patrick Mago, Alex Bishop, Brendon Gibb, Mitch Frei, Jaydn Su’A, Shaun Fensom. Interchange: Manaia Cherrington, Rory Ferguson, Sam Tagataese, Harrison Muller.

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