The PNG Hunters have left behind the challenges of their pre-season preparations with a dominant second half performance against the Ipswich Jets to seal their first win of the 2021 Intrust Super Cup season.
The 44 – 22 victory included three tries to winger Brendon Gotuno as the Hunters overcame a half-time deficit in their second round match at Bycroft Oval on the Gold Coast.
The Hunters will now head north to Mackay next round to face a Cutters outfit which will be looking to bounce back after falling to the Burleigh Bears at Pizzey Park. After losing forward Emry Pere in the lead up to the match, the Cutters failed to match it with Burleigh, falling 28 – 14.
Up north, the Townsville Blackhawks continued their dominant start to the competition, defeating the Brisbane Tigers 30 – 0 at Jack Manski Oval whilst the Central Capras and Northern Pride fought it out for an 18-all draw in Rockhampton.
In the Double Header at Brisbane’s Bishop Park, Wynnum-Manly won the battle of Seagulls, defeating Tweed 36 – 24, whilst Norths Devils defeated Redcliffe 26 – 24.
Burleigh Bears 28 – 14 Mackay Cutters
PNG Hunters 44 – 22 Ipswich Jets
Central Capras 18 – 18 Northern Pride
Townsville Blackhawks 30 – 0 Brisbane Tigers
Norths Devils 26 – 24 Redcliffe Dolphins
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 36 – 24 Tweed Seagulls
South Logan Magpies 26 – 32 Sunshine Coast Falcons
Sunshine Coast Falcons v Ipswich Jets
Tweed Seagulls v South Logan Magpies
Norths Devils v Townsville Blackhawks
Redcliffe Dolphins v Central Capras
Northern Pride v Wynnum Manly Seagulls
Mackay Cutters v PNG Hunters
Brisbane Tigers v Burleigh Bears