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The never-give-up attitude by the Mackay Cutters saw them hold the PNG Hunters to a draw with scores locked at 22-22 at fulltime.

The Hunters started the match in a typically physical fashion, with forwards - namely Stanton Albert and Essau Siune - leading from the front.

The homeside were first on the board through fullback Stargroth Amean, who scored in the 18th minute. Ase Boas converted the try to extend their lead.

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However, the visitors hit back minutes later through Yamba Bowie in the corner after a cross kick by Nicho Hynes. The conversion was unsuccessful and the Hunters led 6-4.

The Hunters hit back again via Israel Eliab after Boas sent him through a gap.

From there it was an arm wrestle until the final 10 minutes of the first half where mistakes from the Hunters invited the Cutters to attack.

They wasted no time, with Bowie crossing for his second and then a penalty goal from Jack Joass saw the scores locked at 12-12 going into the halftime break.

Second half

The Hunters were dominant early after the break with interchange forwards Brandy Peter and Co gaining good metres.

Bland Abavu crossed over twice to give his team a 22-12 lead but again the Cutters were able to work back into the match.

They started to find momentum in the final 10 minutes with Hynes very influential as they scored via big centre Johnny Faletagoa'i. The conversion was successful and they trailed by a converted try.

The golden opportunity for the Cutters came with just minutes till fulltime with Hunter Eliab knocking the ball on, giving Mackay the opportunity to attack.

They made the most of it when Shane Wright scored. Joass calmly slotted the two points to tie things up for the visitors.

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PNG Hunters 22 (Stargroth AMEAN, Israel ELIAB, Bland ABAVU 2 tries; Ase BOAS 3 goals) drew with Mackay Cutters 22 (Yamba BOWIE 2, Johnny FALETAGOA'I, Shane WRIGHT tries; Jack JOASS 3 goals)