The equation for the PNG Hunters is simple, win one of their last two games and they take out their first minor premiership since joining the Intrust Super Cup in 2014.
This Saturday will be the last home games during the regular season, and what a way to repay their loyal fans than to get the win that will earn them the great honour of best of the regular season. Whilst it is not as stunning a feat as Townsville’s minor premiership in their debut season, it is a fair effort if they do achieve it within four seasons as they have no reliance on a feeder arrangement and their players come from the local competition.
Stargroth Amean has been named despite going off with a head knock last weekend, and will be a welcome return for the PNG side. Try scoring machine Adex Wera is named on an extended bench, but will find it hard to dislodge the two starting centres Israel Eliab and Willie Minoga who were both superb last weekend in Townsville.
Wynnum are set for a solid midfield finish, but no finals. They can spoil the party, and Port Moresby has been no fortress in 2017 for the Hunters with surprise losses at home to Norths and Tweed Heads, and a last start home draw against Mackay. The late season introduction of Shaun Nona will be promising if they can keep him for next season.
But it will all be about the Hunters, and it could be a big day out in Port Moresby on Sunday afternoon.
1. Stargroth Amean 2. Bland Abavu 3. Israel Eliab 4. Willie Minoga 5. Butler Morris 6. Ase Boas (c) 7. Watson Boas 8. Wellington Albert 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Enock Maki 11. David Loko 12. Nixon Putt 13. Stanton Albert 14. Wawa Paul 15. Rahdly Brawa 16. Moses Meninga 17. Karo Kauna Jr. 18. Esau Siune 19. Brandy Peter 20. Adex Wera
Coach: Michael Marum
Wynnum Manly Seagulls
1. Daniel Ogden 2. Peter Gubb 3. Jeriah Goodrich 4. David Mead 5. Jack Goodsell 6. Shaun Nona 7. Travis Burns 8. Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard 9. Jayden Berrell 10. Billy Solah 11. Salesi Funaki 12. Alex Barr 13. Mitch Frei (c) 14. John Te Reo 15. Stedman Lefau 16. Josh Hoffman 17. Semisi Ahoafi
Coach: Adam Brideson
|National Football Stadium|
|Lloyd Robertson Oval, Port Morseby|