Kawage set for Hunters debut


LIVEWIRE dummy-half Woods Kawage is set to make his debut for the SP PNG Hunters on Saturday.
Kawage is among four debutants coach Michael Marum has named in his squad for the Round 4 Intrust Super Cup fixture against competition leaders Easts Tigers.
In order of Hunters numbers: Shane Haro (74), Kevin Appo (75) Epel Kapinias (76) and Kawage (77) are the rookies who get the chance to impress.
With the Hunters yet to win a match, it will be Kawage who’s form will be closely watched as he is seen as an attacking threat and someone who can spark the team’s offence.
Kawage knows that if he can combine to with halves Ase Boas and Justin Yoka to put points on the Tigers then the No.9 jersey is as good as his.
Marum made it clear that spots were up for grabs.
“Nick Hasu had his chance in the last three rounds with Woods sidelined withy injury but Saturday is his’s time to step up,” Marum said.
Kawage admitted it was hard watching the team over the first three rounds and he was excited about running out onto Langlands Park, Brisbane, on Saturday.
“I watched from the sidelines the last three games but I have been preparing for this moment since I came into camp,” Kawage said.
“I think everyone in the side is doing his best to earn a spot every week and now that I’ve got my chance I just want to prove that I can do the job.
“Every player that makes the Hunters team each week wants to give their best.
“I just want us to get the win,” he said. After an impressive 2018 season with Digicel Cup minor premiers Enga Mioks, the 21-year-old’s speed and attacking ability caught Marum’s attention. Kawage said he would dedicate his Hunters debut to his parents in Mt Hagen.