In a huge boost for PNG fans in the region, the SP Hunters will make their only appearance in Cairns this year in a pre-season trial match against the Northern Pride this Friday (February 27) at 7pm.

The trial came about due to the cancellation of the Hunters' pre-season game against the Ipswich Jets last Saturday due to the cyclonic conditions in South East Queensland and the closure of the majority of outdoor sporting venues.

Hunters CEO Brad Tassell thanked the Northern Pride for their support of the match and said it was a real coup for the current Intrust Super Cup and National Champions.

“I know the Pride were disappointed they weren’t allocated a home game against us this season and this certainly will make up for that. Cairns is one of our biggest support bases in the state and we are really happy that we can now play in Cairns this year.

"When I picked up the phone to Rod he worked hard to get it done and it’s great that clubs can work together to bring this game to the people of Cairns. We will unveil a new look side and also have our new season merchandise available to fans at the game. It is a once only opportunity for fans to see the SP Hunters in action live this year and we hope that the Pride's foresight is rewarded with a huge crowd on Friday night.”

Unfortunately the trial match will not be telecast, Tassell said.

“TV Wan did everything possible, however logistical issues with transport of outside broadcast equipment from Brisbane, uplink and late change meant they could not guarantee the match could be fully televised. TV WAN will however be able to put together a two camera highlights package to air on TV Wan after the match during next week.”