Sport: PNG Hunters tipped to impress

12:32 pm on 3 March 2015

The Papua New Guinea Hunters are being tipped for big things in their sophomore season in the Queensland Cup rugby league competition.

The Hunters finished a credible sixth in their debut campaign, ending one point shy of a spot in the playoffs.

Michael Marum's side rounded out their pre-season on Friday with a 46-24 drubbing of defending champions the Northern Pride in Cairns.

Pride CEO Rod Jensen says the Hunters made a huge impact last year and he expects an even stronger Hunters team in 2015.

"I think they really changed the idea and the playing environment that we're in. I think what they did was actually expand the Intrust Super Cup [and] their introduction has really opened up the eyes of everyone. I think this year it's shown with the number of clubs that have been either contacted by PNG Hunter players or clubs that have actually contacted those players that there is an untapped resource up there - this is only good for the competition".

The Hunters first match of the new season is away to the Souths Logan Magpies on Sunday.

An expanded 14-teams will compete for six playoff spots this season.

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 will be hoping to repeat their victory over the Northern Pride in pre-season. Photo: SP PNG Hunters