Marum rings in changes


SP PNG Hunters coach Michael Marum has rung in the changes for Sunday’s Round 11 Intrust Super Cup match against the Souths Logan Magpies with newcomer Terry Wapi set to become Hunter No.82 after being named at fullback and Gahuna Silas earning a call up.
Wapi’s quick rise comes after Bland Abavu was released indefinitely from the squad along with Junior Rop on disciplinary rounds.
Wapi joined the Hunters camp two weeks ago from the Rabaul Agmark Gurias.
“Terry was called to the camp and spent two weeks with us and settled in well,” Marum said.
“We allowed him to play over the weekend with the Gurias and he was fine, didn’t get injured, so hopefully he gets the job done with confidence on the debut.”
Marum said while Wapi was not a big talker as a fullback he had the game in terms of combining with his backs and halves on attack as well as being safe under the high ball and had good pace on attack and defence.
The other new recruit Smith Siviri from Gulf Isou has been named on the extended bench
Silas, pictured, who was part of last year’s squad, makes his return to the team after not making the final squad for the season.
“Silas was dropped from the squad earlier this year but we had to recall him since we have problems at dummy half,” Marum said.
“Woods Kawage was going to come in but role but was ruled out after injuring his jaw on Sunday playing for the Enga Mioks against the Gurias in Kokopo.”
Marum said that even though Silas was not playing Digicel Cup this season he was familiar with the Hunters programme and had proven himself in the Q-Cup.
Club captain Adex Wera and Ase Boas have been named on the extended bench due to injuries.
Nick Hasu comes into the halves to partner Justin Yoka who will shift to the No.6 jersey.
Back-rower Kevin Appo and prop Baundo Aba start in the forwards.
Also returning from illness is Junior Rau.
Enoch Maki has been cleared of a shoulder charge by the QRL Judiciary and retains his spot in the front row.
Woods Kawage will be out for about four weeks after sustaining a fractured jaw while playing for Enga Mioks in the Digicel Cup game against Gurias in Kokopo last weekend.
Marum will name his final 17-man team an hour before kick off on Sunday.
The Digicel Cup Round 8 fixture between NCDC Port Moresby Vipers and PRK Gulf Isou is at 12.45pm.
The Hunters-Magpies kicks off at 3pm.
Gates at the Oil Search National Football Stadium open at 11.30am.
SP Hunters: 1. Terry Wapi, 2. Junior Rau, 3. Brendon Gotuno, 4. Brendon Nima, 5. Gairo Kapana, 6. Justin Yoka, 7. Nick Hasu, 8. Moses Meninga (c), 9. Gahuna Silas, 10. Enoch Maki, 11. McKenzie Yei, 12. Kevin Appo, 13. Baundo Aba; Interchange: 14. Jerry Teme, 15. Dilbert Isaac, 16. Epel Kapinias, 17. Adex Wera; Reserves: 18. Ase Boas, 19. Smith Siviri, 20. Shane Haro.

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