Sport: Late surge gets PNG Hunters home

3:38 pm on 3 July 2017

The Papua New Guinea Hunters finished strongly to overwhelm the Central Queensland Capras 30-10 in the Intrust Super Cup rugby league competition.

The home side were the first to score on Sunday afternoon in Port Moresby after Willie Minoga collected a short ball from skipper Ase Boas metres from the tryline, with Boas adding the extras.

The Capras hit back in the 23rd minute mark via Ken Tofilau after centre Justin Tavae put his winger in space, and the teams reached halftime locked at 6-6.

The visitors hit the front in the 56th minute when Vic Halfpenny scored before the Hunters came to life, scoring four tries in 17 minutes, including a hat-trick to fullback Stargroth Amean in the space of nine minutes, to run away with the match.

PNG Hunters fullback Stargroth Amean.

The PNG Hunters continue to set the pace in the Intrust Super Cup. Photo: RNZI / Melvin Levongo

Centre Israel Eliab also managed to get on the score-sheet.

"I think we started well and then after their first try the boys just went off a little," he said.

"Then I think towards the second half the boys picked up and yeah it was a good game."

The Hunters are now two points clear of the chasing pack in the Intust Super Cup, with Redcliffe Dolphins climbing to second place after 17 rounds, following a surprise defeat for Sunshine Coast away to Easts Tigers.