23 Apr 2018

Sport: PNG Hunters lose at home

5:35 pm on 23 April 2018

The Papua New Guinea Hunters rugby league team have slumped to a third straight defeat in the Queensland Cup.

The defending champions were upset 20-12 by Souths Logan Magpies in Port Moresby on Sunday, their first home loss of the season.

The home side opened the scoring after only four minutes through fullback Edene Gebbie, who sprinted 80 metres to score after finding a gap on the blind-side.

The PNG Hunters have suffered back to back defeats away from home.

The PNG Hunters are on a three match losing streak. Photo: RNZ Pacific/Melvin Levongo

The visitors responded five minutes later when centre Marion Seve got on the end of a grubber kick to score before Guy Hamilton slotted the conversion.

The Hunters regained the lead 10 minutes later when second rower Willie Minoga muscled his way over the line.

Ase Boas extended the lead to 12-6 with his second conversion but the home side was unable to trouble the scorers from there on.

Magpies halfback Sam Scarlett scored on the half-hour mark, with the conversion ensuring the teams entered the sheds all square at 12-12.

Hamilton put the visitors in front for the first time with a penalty just after the hour mark before interchange forward Jordan Scott scored the only try of the second half with five minutes remaining to condemn the Hunters to their first home loss of the season.

The 11th placed Hunters have now lost five of seven matches in 2018 and face a daunting away trip to competition leaders Burleigh Bears this weekend.

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