Redcliffe Dolphins vs PNG Hunters Preview

PORT MORESBY - The Hunters landed in Australia yesterday and are riding the crest of a club record nine-game winning streak.

Their most recent loss came way back in mid-April to Wynnum Manly, coincidentally the last time they featured on Channel 9 and coach Michael Marum will be after an improved showing in front of the cameras this time around.

Marum has made one change to his starting side - Lawrence Tu'u earning a promotion to lock while Oti Bland Tony is the new addition on an extended bench.

Home side the Dolphins got past Norths 32-22 in their match last weekend, but have only won one from their last four.

In a somewhat surprise move, regular backrower Trent Richardson has been selected to partner Luke Capewell in the halves.

Despite not being named, ex-Central Queensland Capras flyer Marlon Doak is in line to make his Dolphins debut.

The former Australian touch football representative has set the Brisbane Rugby League competition alight this season, scoring 16 tries for affiliate club Gaters.

There are three potential milestones to be reached this weekend for the Hunters with Noel Zeming requiring only two more points to bring up 100 for second consecutive season; while Thompson Teteh and skipper Israel Eliab have both scored 23 tries for PNG, one less than Garry Lo who is top with 24.

Redcliffe Dolphins: 1. Josh Beehag 2. Oliver Regan 3. Tom Opacic 4. Aaron Whitchurch 5. Curtis Johnston 21. Trent Richardson 7. Luke Capewell (c) 8. Charlie Faingaa 9. Darcy Etrich 10. Jon Green 11. Nick Ritter 12. Anthony Cherrington 13. Tyson Cleal 14. Logan Harris 15. Tom Geraghty 16. Harley Aiono 17. Taylor Brown Coach: Troy Lindsay

PNG Hunters:  1. Stargroth Amean 2. David Lapua 3. Noel Zeming 4. Thompson Teteh 5. Adex Wera 6. Israel Eliab (c) 7. Ase Boas 8. Henry Noki 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Esau Siune 11. Brandy Peter 12. Timothy Lomai 13. Lawrence Tu'u 14. Nickson Borana 15. Atte Bina 16. Willie Minoga 17. Enock Maki 18. Oti Bland Tony 19. Roger Laka. [QRL]
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