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PNG Hunters and Burleigh Bears to raise the curtain ahead of Manly clash

Intrust Super Cup football returns to Cbus Super Stadium this weekend, with the PNG Hunters moving their home match to the venue.

Make it a full afternoon of football by arriving early to see the Hunters take on the Burleigh Bears, before the Titans host Manly in round 15 of the NRL Premiership season.

Hunters coach Matt Church says his team is excited to play on Cbus Super Stadium.

"It's a thrill for our guys to play at Cbus, most of our players fell in love with the game crowded around a TV with villages full of people watching on," he said.

"The sport is basically a religion back home and every kid in PNG wishes to play in the stadium’s where their heroes play."

Church says the PNG side will put on a show for the supporters and has named a few key players as the ones to watch.

"Our speedy winger Solo Wane went the length of the field last weekend, both our backrowers Keven Appo and Emmanuel Waine are also a real handful. 

"The Hunters have natural skills and abilities that are organically nurtured on open fields in their communities back home.

"We provide them with some structure but also harness freedom within a discipline, it’s counterproductive to minimise their natural attacking flair.

"They are a joy to watch, are high energy, show heaps of passion and genuinely great people! If you get to the game early you certainly won’t be disappointed by these amazing young men."

Burleigh, one of the Titans feeder teams, will also have some great talent on show.

Jonus Pearson and Tanah Boyd have both been named for the Bears, with young development player Tristan Powell listed at 18th man.

The Titans 21-man squad also features players who could return to play for the Bears, should they drop out of the NRL squad this week.

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The Intrust Super Cup match will kick off at 1:30pm, with the NRL game to start at 4pm.