25 Aug 2014

Sport: PNG Hunters win to keep playoff hopes alive

10:45 am on 25 August 2014

The Papua New Guinea Hunters remain in contention for a playoffs berth in the Queensland Cup rugby league competition after ending the regular season with a resounding 44-14 victory away to the South's Logan Mapies on Sunday.

The visitors ran in nine tries to three to move to 31 points after 25 rounds, one place outside of the top five.

The Hunters can still finish as high as fourth, after picking up two points for the bye this coming weekend, but need Tweed Heads and/or the Ipswich Jets to slip up at home if they're to sneak into the knockout rounds.

CEO Brad Tassell says, whatever happens, their debut season has been a success.

"The main thing is that we put ourselves in a position now to get a crack at finals spot. We've just got to hope that Mackay do the job against Tweed next week or Redcliffe do the job against the Jets next weekend but, even if that doesn't happen, it's been a fantastic season for the boys and they've really outperformed everyone's expectations so we're really very very proud of them".

Brad Tassell says the Hunters team will now head home and continue preparing as if they will be in the finals, until results say otherwise.