Papua New Guinea Hunters coach Michael Marum says some players are due a rest after a busy few months.
The Hunters won 32-14 at third-placed Ipswich on Saturday to extend their unbeaten streak to 14 matches, and stay level on points with league leaders Townsville.
Ase Boas reinjured the ankle that forced him to miss a week while Brandy Peter pulled a hamstring late in the game but coach Michael Marum is confident they will be available for this weekend's home clash with Wynnum-Manly.
He admits it's a juggling act with a number of players having shouldered significant workloads this season.
"We haven't really got enough rest. We came back on our second bye we had to play in the Pacific Games and [the challenge is] how we manage the players' weekly and making sure they're fresh for each game. There's more recovery now and just getting the players to be fresh for all our remaining games".
Michael Marum says the goal over the remaing three weeks is to ensure a top-two finish, which would give them a much-needed week off before the playoffs.