The SP PNG Hunters defeated fast finishing Sunshine Coast Falcons 24 - 20 at the Kalabond oval on Sunday. The win puts the Hunters on second spot, two points behind competition leaders Townsville Blackhawks.
The Hunters wasted no time to register first try through Adex Wera and with successful conversion the Hunters lead 6 -0.
The SC Falcons replied with a try but with unsuccessful conversion they trailed 6 - 4. The Hunters regrouped and Kato Ottio barged over next to the uprights and extended their lead to 12 - 4 into half time.
In the second half, the visitors were first to score through Paul Ivan but with unsuccessful conversion saw them trailed 12 - 8.
Adex Wera scored his second try to further extend the lead to 18 - 8. Henry Nori scored again for the Hunters to maintain their lead to 24 - 8. The visitors regrouped and Paul Ivan scored his second try to reduced the score to 24 - 14. The visitors scored again on the 73rd minute to stay within reach 24 - 20. However, solid try line defence from the Hunters held off the Falcons attack and the Hunters won 24 - 20 at full time.
This was also the Hunters last game at the Kalabond Oval. The Hunters will meet the competition leaders Townsville Blackhawks at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby next week. A huge crowd is expected to watch this game.