Sport: Albert out, Boas in for PNG Hunters

12:43 pm on 22 June 2017

Papua New Guinea Hunters vice-captain Wellington Albert will miss this weekend's Intrust Super Cup match against the Northern Pride in Cairns after being suspended for one match by the Queensland Rugby League judiciary.

Albert was cited for dangerous contact during Saturday's 14-10 home defeat against the Tweed Heads Seagulls in Port Moresby.

He's been replaced in the starting line-up by 20 year old front-rower Muka Peter Kulu, who made his debut off the bench at the weekend.

But in a big boost to the competition leaders, captain Ase Boas is back in the five eighth role after missing the Seagulls match through injury.

PNG Hunters captain Ase Boas.

PNG Hunters captain Ase Boas. Photo: RNZI / Melvin Levongo

Hunter coach Michael Marum said Boas has come through two training sessions now and is looking good.

PNG have impressed on the road this season, winning six of their seven matches away from home, but Marum said Cairns is a place they've struggled, having not won at Barlow Park for four years.