The PNG SP Hunters opened the 2017 season by beating Central Queensland Capras 22-16 last night at the Browne Park, Australia.
The Hunters put the first score on the board through a penalty shot. The home side retaliated through Tofilau with a unconverted try to take the lead 4 - 2
In the final minute of the first quarter, captain Boas crossed over for the Hunters first try after a good lead up play and upload from 'freight train' Willie Minoga. Boas could not find the uprights and the Hunters led 6 - 4.
Boas crossed over for his second try after diving through the legs of two defending players. He converted his own try and extended the half-time lead to 12 - 4 .
In the second half, Hunters winger William Aquila scored the Hunters' third try after Boas's kick failed to land on the opposite winger hand which Acquila pounded on the loose ball in the goal area. The conversion was unsuccessful and the Hunters led 16 - 4.
The home side releasing defeat, regrouped and attacked the Hunters defence. Their efforts resulted in three quick tries through Tofilou and squared the score 16 all with 20 minutes remaining on the clock.
On the 70th minute, a penalty was awarded to the Hunters. Boas broke the deadlock with a two pointer.
Willie Minoga put the icing on the cake with a dummy and raised 20 meters to score the final try. Boas missed the conversion and the Hunters won 22 - 16 on full-time.