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PNG Hunters upset Souths Logan Magpies in 12 - 8 nail-biter

The SP Papua New Guinea Hunters defeated Souths Logan Magpies with a nail-biting 12-8 win in round 14 of the Intrust Super Cup match played  in front of 7,483 spectators at the National Football Stadium this afternoon.

In the opening exchanges of the game, both teams were balanced in attack and in defence. The Hunters were first to score through winger Bland Abavu after a good ball movements from Eliab and hooker Wartavo  who set up the winger for the opening try. Captain Boas found the uprights and the Hunters were in front with   6 - 0 lead .

The Magpies  replied with a try from Luke Archer and trailed 6 - 4  into half-time after an unsuccessful conversion.

The second half was  riddled with  scrappy plays from both teams, which made points hard to come by.

In-form  fullback  Stargroth Amean set up Israel Eliab for the Hunters second try. Boas added the extras and took the lead to 12 - 4.

The Magpies  regrouped  and   continued to attack the Hunters line. A try was scored by fullback  Jamayne Isaako.  His  attempt to convert his own try to narrow the deficit was again unsuccessful, leaving the score at 12-8, at full time.  The man of the match was awarded to Amean.  The win saw the Hunters still maintain the top spot on the competition ladder after round 14.
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