18 Jun 2014

Sport: PNG Hunters happy to be home

11:38 am on 18 June 2014

The PNG Hunters are looking forward to the comforts of home after their three match winning streak came to a sudden halt at the weekend.

The Hunters dropped one place to third in the competition standings, after being beaten 20-4 by the Mackay Cutters.

The team ran out to play just a few hours after getting off the plane and head coach Michael Marum says while the travel fatigue didn't help it can't be used as an excuse.

He says the team is settled into their new training base in Kokopo and are looking forward to Saturday's clash against the Easts Tigers at the Kalabond Stadium.

"The last game we played them in brisbane we had a draw and it was a tough game - they had players from Melbourne Storm backing up. Again, it's going to be a good test for our players. We need a bit more aggression in our defence and I think that that was lacking last weekend."

Timothy Lomai comes in at prop for Sebastian Pandia in the only change to the Hunters run-on team.