Sport: PNG Hunters hoping home comforts inspire winning ways

1:31 pm on 30 March 2018

The Papua New Guinea Hunters have spoken some home truths this week, following back to back defeats, and are hoping home advantage can help them return to winning ways.

The defending Queensland Cup rugby league champions opened the season with a home victory against Ipswich but have suffered road defeats against the Northern Pride and Sunshine Coast in the past fortnight.

The Hunters are seeking back to back premierships in 2018

The PNG Hunters spoke some home truths this week. Photo: RNZ Pacific / Melvin Levongo

Coach Michael Marum said the team held a meeting at the start of the week to address their recent performances.

They host bottom-placed Tweed Heads in Port Moresby on Sunday but Marum said he was not expecting an easy afternoon.

"We know it's going to be tough against Tweed Heads - they've got a good record against us at home last year and away too," he said.

"We lost two matches against them - in Round 15 and Round 26 I think - but with the home support we hope everyone's going to come in and support us and make sure we get the two points here before we go back out again."

The PNG Hunters in action against the Ipswich Jets.

The PNG Hunters last victory was against Ipswich three weeks ago. Photo: Melvin Levongo

Former captain Adam Korave is back in the run-on side this week but Michael Marum said he and the rest of the players all need to step up.

"He passed the cognitive testing after the concussion down in Cairns [two weeks ago] and he's one of those players who's got experience but he needs to lift - everyone else needs to lift their game," Marum said.

"Adam missed a season with us [in 2017]. He went back and there's a bit more stuff he needs to contribute to the team."

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