By JACK AMI
THOMPSON Teteh earns his 50th cap for the SP Papua New Guinea Hunters when they take on the Souths Logan Magpies in Round 14 of the Intrust Supper Cup in Port Moresby.
The 26-year-old is a foundation Hunter (2014) and is the fifth player to reach the half-century in games following Wartovo Puara Jr (60, Adex Wera (53), Noel Zeming (52) and Esau Siune (51).
Teteh from Goroka, Eastern Highlands, is slowly getting back to the form he showed over the first two seasons – he has managed only three tries in 10 games so far in 2016.
He has a knack for putting on winning plays and there is no doubt the centre would want to celebrate his milestone with a win.
Teteh has been a regular in representative sides since 2011 and last played for the Kumuls in the 2015 Pacific Test against Fiji.
The pacey three-quarter has formed a solid combination with captain Noel Zeming and both men have complementing styles.
Hunters coach Michael Marum said his side could not afford to be complacent against the Magpies, who are ninth on the ladder.
“They’ve included four Broncos players in their side for this game so we can’t take things easy,” Marum said. The four Brisbane players are prop Joe Ofahengaue, a member of the 2015 Broncos grand final side that lost to the North Queensland Cowboys, and who has played 29 games; fellow prop forward Herman Ese’Ese made his debut in Round 8 in April against South Sydney; lock Joe Boyce, who followed Wayne Bennett from the Newcastle Knights and made his Broncos debut in Round 11 last year; and centre Marion Seve, who is yet to play in the Broncos top grade.
The Magpies are coached by former North Queensland Cowboys and Queensland State of Origin centre Josh Hannay.
SP Hunters: 1. Bland Abavu 2. Justin Olam 3. Noel Zeming 4. Thompson Teteh 5. Philemon Kimisive 6. Ase Boas 7. Watson Boas 8. Henry Wan 9. Wartovo Puara Jr 10. Esau Siune 11. Ishmael Balkawa 12. Adam Korave 13. Brandy Peter 14. Warren Glare 15. Benjamin Hetra 16. Enock Maki 17. Tuvi Lepan 18. Nickson Borana 19. Atte Bina Wabo.
Fixtures: Q-Cup Rd 14: Sat, June 11 – Norths Devils v Ipswich Jets, Easts Tigers v Tweed Heads Seagulls, SP PNG Hunters v Souths Logan Magpies, Central Queensland Capras v Mackay Cutters; Sun, June 12 – Burleigh Bears v Wynnum Manly Seagulls, Recliffe Dolphins v Townsville Blackhawks, Northern Pride v Sunshine Coast Falcons.
By JACK AMI