The home team lost to New South Wales Cup team Penrith Panthers 20-12 in front of a bumper crowd of over 15 000 people.
Following the official opening of the NFS by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, Panthers opened the score board with the first try through Leilani Latu 15 minutes into the game.
A successful conversion took them to lead 6-0.
Hunters fought back to score their first try through Adex Wera five minutes to half time followed by an unsuccessful conversion 6-4.
Panthers extended the lead through a try seconds to half time from Josh Hall.