PNG fight back to topple Mackay

By QRL Media

The PNG Hunters overcame a poor start to go on and record their first win in Mackay on Saturday night with a 34-20 result over the Cutters.

As they have in a number of their previous games this season; the Cutters got off to an ideal start and played a great first half of football to get out to an early lead, with centre Johnny Faletagoa’i finding a gap in the PNG defensive line to cross in the fourth minute.

The Hunters responded soon after when five-eighth Watson Boas capitalised on some good lead-up work from impressive fullback Stargroth Amean, before the home side retook the lead with a classic hooker's try from Andy Gay darting over the line.

Howard Brown’s follow-up moments later had the Cutters celebrating a 16-6 lead – but they let their opposition back into the game just before the break when big Enock Maki went over underneath the posts to narrow the halftime lead to 16-12.

In the second half, the Hunters quickly took the opportunity to firstly claw their way back into the lead with Wartovo Puara in the number 7 for this game going over in the opening minutes, before eventually taking it away from them with tries to Ishamel Baikawa, a second to Boas and Adex Wera to seal the match.

Next weekend, the Hunters will be at home hosting the ladder-leading Townsville Blackhawks while the Cutters will again be in Mackay to host the Norths Devils.

Head to QRL Live for the final team line-ups for this match

PNG HUNTERS 34 (Watson Boas 2, Wartovo Puara, Ishamel Baikawa, Enock Maki, Adex Wera tries; Noel Zeming 5 goals) def MACKAY CUTTERS 20 (Howard Brown, Andrew Gay, Johnny Faletagoa’i, Brenden Treston tries; Liam Taylor 2 goals) at BB Print Stadium, Mackay.

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