It was a tight opening 5 minutes with both sides mistake free.
But the home side found the line in 7th minute when they attacked the right wing of Butler Morris.
An overlap put winger Jonus Pearson and left him one on one with fullback Bland Abavu, who he shrugged off to score.
Darren Nicholls curved his kick in from the sideline to sail the ball through the posts to add the extras.
The Dolphins continued to target the wing of Butler and looked certain to score on a number of occasions.
But the Hunters beefed up their defence, determined not to leak any more points.
The Hunters had very few chances with not much possession as the Dolphins, being the top defensive team in the competition, denied them any chance.
The Dolphins continued to mount on the pressure and hurt the Hunters 4 minutes out from the break when a short ball from hooker, Shane Pumipi, put Christopher Gesch through to score the easiest of tries.
This fired up the Hunters, who hit back just 2 minutes later in Edward Goma to put the Hunters back in the game.
Ase Boas made no mistake converting the try right on half time.