Sport: PNG Hunters game moved to Saturday

12:16 pm on 14 June 2017

This weekend's Intrust Super Cup game between the Papua New Guinea Hunters and Tweed Heads Seagulls in Port Moresby has been moved forward a day to Saturday.

The Hunters have played five home games on Sunday so far this season and PNG Rugby League CEO Reatau Rau says the change in date is in reponse to high demand from fans in Port Moresby, following their one Saturday game against the Northern Pride in April.

Penrith train on the new National Football Stadium in Port Moresby

The PNG Hunters are based at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby. Photo: Facebook/Hon Justin Tkatchenko MP

"The QRL gave its endorsement of our request to play the round 15 game against Tweed Heads Seagulls on a Saturday with kick off at 5pm recently," he said.

"The Seagulls have agreed to this arrangement.

"This follows the success of a Saturday match in Round 9 against Northern Pride which the Port Moresby fans thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed at the National Football Stadium," he said.

Adex Wera is back from suspension for the Hunters this weekend.

Adex Wera scores for the Hunters. Photo: Courtesy of

Rau says the 5 o'clock kickoff will also expose the players to cooler conditions and playing under lights, which will become handy during the finals series and when Papua New Guinea hosts the PNG Kumuls matches in the Rugby League World Cup in October and November.

Meanwhile Paul Wawa will start on the wing against Tweed Heads, with Adex Wera moving to the centres to replace Willie Minoga, who will start off the bench.

Lawrence Tu'u, Muka Peter Kulu, Karo Kauna Jnr and Noel Joel have been named on an extended 20 man squad.