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The CQ Capras found out the hard way that rugby league can be a cruel game, while the PNG Hunters celebrated after playing hard right to the final minutes.

The CQ side had earlier toiled their way back into a gripping season opener against the visitors after finding themselves behind.  

After trailing 16-4, the home side hit their straps and for a sustained 20-minute period, were untouchable.

They went bang, bang, bang – running in three quick tries, from which PNG had no answer for.

But just before that last knock-out blow, old habits crept back in and the game was lost with the Hunters getting out of jail 22-16.