Sport: PNG Hunters to face biggest test yet

11:03 am on 23 May 2015

The Papua New Guinea Hunters winning run will be put to the ultimate test this afternoon away to Queensland Cup front-runners Townsville.

The Papua New Guinea Hunters kick off their second Queensland Cup rugby league season tomorrow, on the road against the Souths Logan Magpies

PNG Hunters Photo: SP PNG Hunters

The Blackhawks have made a flying start to their debut campaign with nine wins from ten games.

After a mixed start, the Hunters have now won four in a row to climb back into the play-offs mix.

Townsville coach Kristian Woolf is expecting a bruising encounter.

"I do think that the PNG Hunters are one of the teams to beat this year in the competition. I'd be very surprised if they weren't sitting in the top six at the end of the year and [they] play a style of footy that's a little bit different to what most of the other Intrust Super Cup sides play. One of the real features is the physicality they're willing to play with and play with consistently. That's certainly something that we're going to have to match and overcome."

The Hunters players won't be complete strangers to the Townsville team with second rower Rhyse Martin part of the Kumuls test side earlier this month and former PNG rep Neville Costigan also in the squad.