3 Mar 2014

Sport: PNG Hunters win first Qld Cup game

3:09 pm on 3 March 2014

The Papua New Guinea Hunters made a winning debut in the Queensland Cup rugby league competition, beating the Redcliffe Dolphins 24-18 on Sunday.

PNG captain Israel Eliab opened the scoring in the 13th minute before Thompson Teteh crossed five minutes later to stretch the lead to 12-0.

The home side rallied with two tries of their own before halftime to level the scores.

But the Hunters regained the lead immediately after the break with a penalty before tries to Garry Lo and Lawrence Tu'u made it 22-12 with half an hour remaining.

The Dolphins scored to cut the deficit to four points before Kumuls international Sebatian Pandia sealed an historic win with another penalty goal just before the end.

The Hunters will play their first home match this weekend against the Mackay Cutters in Kokopo.