Hunters, little changes? Building into the future? Coach Michael seems to have opted to blood some raw untested talent in fullback Terry Wapi from the Gurias and a halves combination that is combining together for a first start. Also, the re-inclusion of mercurial hooker Sailas Gahuna, stock really must be limited. Well, I guess there are many questions and no answers thus far and this could be a moment for change.
Souths Magpies have been ruing their missed opportunities and will make the most of the visit to the NFS hoping they can enjoy the spoils so far of all the Aussie teams. Good luck to the Hunters this weekend as they celebrate the Men of League round.
The lead-up game will be of interest. The Vipers coming off a loss and the Isou having some help to get the points over the Muruks last week. Isou should continue their winning form.
Goroka will see the impressive Gurias take on the home side Lahanis is what will be a game that can go either way. Traditionally always a battle of smarts between both sides, the Gurias will have the upper hand with consistency this year but will have to be wary of the Lahanis fighting spirit. Lahanis to win.
Working our way up the Highlands highway the Eagles will host the Kroton Wigmen. Wigmen notching up an unimpressive win against a depleted Dabari and the Eagles scrapping through also. Eagles to win at home.
Mioks still haven’t clicked. This might be the weekend they bring their best out as they measure up against the Warring Waghi Tumbe. Francis Ray has had Midas touch with the prep so far and is no doubt going in with a team that can get results anywhere. This might be the test they face in a Mioks side that is desperate for a win. Mioks to win.
Lae Snax Tigers will be raging to go after some close games and will be wanting to snuff out any Dabari resurgence after their in-house turmoil. Tigers will have Papua compound behind the Dabari ironically considering the camp is in that area. Tigers to roar.
Lastly over in the Isle of the West, the Kimbe Cutters are sure to pinch a win over the Muruks who have had a week to forget. Coaching reshuffles and close losses will have had an effect on a team destined for better in the future. Cutters to grab their maiden 2019 win.
Till next week, support safe and play safe.