HUNTERS utility Atte Bina has big shoes to fill, with coach Michael Marum opting to rest first-choice halfback Ase Boas for the weekend’s clash against the Mackay Cutters.
The Eastern Highlander has made the reserve back spot on the bench his own after coming off the pine to help steer the team to wins in their last five matches.
Bina has played a diverse number of roles from halfback to wing and centre as well as hooker and even in the backrow throughout the course of the year. Marum has preferred Bina’s versatility, experience and defence over other talented players like Warren Glare and Roger Laka.
Whether it is defending in the middle third or on the edge, the former Lae Tigers halfback was an accomplished defender and does not shirk the load.
He has an underrated short kicking game and his support play was instinctive.
Bina’s best game off the bench so far this year was against the Ipswich in round 22, where he scored a try after picking up a loose pass off the deck to crash over from close range and missed another certain try towards the end of the match.
He set up a try with an angled grubber in behind the line for wing Adex Wera to score only a minute after replacing an injured Ase Boas in the round 20 clash against the Townsville Blackhawks and deputised for hooker Wartovo Puara Jr on the rare occasions Marum has taken out his gun No.9.
Bina is expected to run on at Stadium Mackay in the No.7 jersey but may shift to the backrow at some point in the game if Marum opts to include specialist half Laka in his final 17.
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