Sport: PNG Hunters humbled by Devils

Two tries in the last five minutes was too little too late from the Papua New Guinea Hunters, who were beaten by Norths Devils, 34-22, in Brisbane on Saturday.

PNG Hunters coach Michael Marum. Photo: RNZ Pacific/Melvin Levongo

Two tries in the last five minutes was too little too late from the Papua New Guinea Hunters, who were beaten in their round five match of Rugby League‘s Super Cup by Norths Devils, 34-22, in Brisbane on Saturday.

The slow starting Hunters were outscored three tries to one in the first half to be down 16-6 at the break, but matched the home side try for try in the second half in the six tries to four defeat.

After a first half double from the Devil‘s Chevi Ellis, the home side ran in three more tries in the second before the stunned Hunters returned some respectability to the scoreboard.

A 76th minute try to centre Butler Morris was followed two minutes later by another four-pointer to winger Edene Gebbie.

Captain Ase Boas kicked three conversions for the Hunters whose record away from home has been disappointing so far this season.

Currently 10th on the 14 team table, the defending champions are two from five with both victories coming at home in Port Moresby.

Next Saturday the Hunters have another away fixture against Redcliffe Dolphins in Brisbane.