Sport: PNG Hunters shuffle line-up following first loss

12:24 pm on 30 March 2016

The Papua New Guinea Hunters rugby league team have reacted to their first defeat of the season, with coach Michael Marum ringing the changes for Saturday's clash away to the Mackay Cutters.

Thompson Teteh and Atte Bina have been dropped from the starting line-up, following Sunday's 28-20 defeat at the Sunshine Coast Falcons, with Adex Wera moving into the centres and William Aquila named to make his debut on the wing.

Stargroth Amean returns from injury to his favoured fulback position, Wartovo Puara starts at halfback in place of the injured Ase Boas, with Warren Glare coming in for his first start in the front row at hooker.

The PNG Hunters have won three of four games so far this season.

The PNG Hunters have won three of four games so far this season. Photo: Courtesy of

Enoch Maki keeps his position on the bench in only his second game back from an extended knee injury, while Ishmael Balkawa is welcomed back to the match-day squad.

Justin Olam is unavailable as he will be graduating from university in Lae.

The Hunters are third on the Queensland Cup ladder while Mackay remain winless after four rounds.

1 Stargroth Amean

2 Bland Abavu

3 Noel Zeming (Co-Captain)

4 Adex Wera

5 William Aquila

6 Watson Boas

7 Wartovo Puara

8 Henry Wan

9 Warren Glare

10 Esau Siune

11 Nickson Borana

12 Tuvi Lepan

13 Brandy Peter

14 Ishmael Balkawa

15 Enock Maki

16 Philemon Kimisive

17 Edward Goma

18 Benjamin Hetra

(one to be omitted)