By Staff Reporter : PNG Today
The Hunters opened the score through fullback Stargroth Amean. Captain Boas added the extras to put his team ahead with 6 -0 lead. The Magpies replied with a unconverted try to trail 6 - 4.
The visitors extended the lead after Paul Wawa on debut scored at the right corner. Boas added the extras to take the lead to 12 -4. The home side regrouped and replied with a converted try through Mathew Minto to trail 12 - 10 into half-time.
The second half began with Hunters dominance in defence and in attack. Center Willie Minoga crossed the line twice to put the Hunters comfortably ahead with 22 - 10 lead .
The Magpies found their rhythm late in the match and found the try line in the 70th minute.
Doyle’s conversion from the sideline was a blinder sailing through to put them within a converted try of leveling up. Another try from Cameron Booth closed the gap to 22 - 20. Dolye failed to square the score after his kick went astray and the Hunters won the game 22 - 20 on full time.