Sport: PNG Hunters coach praises injury-ravaged team

12:18 pm on 31 March 2015

Papua New Guinea Hunters coach Michael Marum has praised his players strong start to the new season, amidst tough opposition and a host of injury concerns.

The Hunters thrashed Tweed Heads on Sunday to rise to second in the Queensland Cup standings with three wins from four games.

In round one the Hunters had eight debutants in their squad while Jayjay Garrison and Nickson Borona played their first game at the weekend.

Michael Marum says he's still missing a number of first team players, some who could be out for up to six weeks, and says it's been a difficult start to the new campaign.

"The other teams know how we play and when we face the opposition every game is tough on us. Only half of our squad has the experience from last year [and we] are relying on those players to lead the players around but at the early stage of the competition I think the younger boys who have come through have shown that they can also do the job".

Michael Marum says he doesn't know if any of his injured players will be back for this weekend's match away to the winless Sunshine Coast Falcons.