27 Aug 2016

Sport: PNG Hunters hoping for home-town help

11:29 am on 27 August 2016

The Papua New Guinea Hunters rugby league team are hoping that home comforts will result in a return to winning ways this weekend.

The Hunters have won all ten Queensland Cup matches at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby but have struggled on the road, losing eight of twelve games in Australia.

After back to back defeats, against the Townsville Blackhawks and Northern Pride, the Hunters close out the regular season against the Sunshine Coast Falcons tomorrow afternoon.

PNG Hunters coach Michael Marum.

PNG Hunters coach Michael Marum. Photo: EMTV

Michael Marum said they are hoping to grab some momentum leading into the finals campaign.

"We want to make sure we finish all our regular games on a high note this weekend. We want to maintain our winning record at home and we look forward to the finals after but it's going to be a tough one against the Falcons, who had a win against Wynnum Manly last weekend too," he said.

The Hunters have been boosted by the return from suspension of Kumuls internationals Bland Abavu and Justin Olam, while Wartovo Puara starts at halfback after recovering from injury.

The Hunters are fourth in the Queensland Cup standings, three points clear of their opponents Sunshine Coast, and will host the Falcons in the first week of the finals if they remain in fifth place at the end of the weekend.