SP Hunters coach Michael Marum has called up Watson Boas to the starting line-up as half back and moved captain Ase Boas to five eighth in two positional changes for their clash against Mackay Cutters in Round 5 of the Intrust Super Cup (ISC) on Saturday in Mackay, Australia.
Israel Eliab goes to the centres while Bland Abavu shifts back to fullback and Stargroth Amean on the wing. Karo Kauna Jnr starts on the other wing.
Radley Brawa becomes Hunter No. 52 when he starts off the bench. Wellington Albert has been sidelined for two weeks by the QRL Judiciary after he was cited for a shoulder charge. Moses Meninga was cleared of the lifting charge and will start in the second row alongside Nixon Put. William Aquila, Wawa Paul and Butler Morris have been named on the extended bench.
The 20 man squad is:
1. Bland Abavu
2. Stargroth Amean
3. Israel Eliab
4. Willie Minoga
5. Karo Kauna Jnr
6. Ase Boas (Captain)
7. Watson Boas
8. Henry Wan
9. Gahuna Silas
10. Esau Siune
11. Nixon Put
12. Moses Meninga
13. Stanton Albert
14. Noel Joel
15. Enock Maki
16. Ismael Balkawa
17. Radley Brawa
18. William Aquila
19. Wawa Paul
20. Butler Morris
(Two to be omitted)
Coach: Michael Marum
The 18 man travelling team departs Port Moresby on Thursday for Cairns then onwards to Mackay later that day for the Saturday April 1 match at 6.00pm at Stadium Mackay. They return on Sunday.
Marum however said that due to Cyclone Debbie causing havoc in and around Mackay, the QRL will make a decision later tonight or early tomorrow on the status of the game.