Hunters win Air Niugini Cup with 42-4 win

The SP Hunters lifted the inaugural Air Niugini Cup this afternoon after thrashing the Townsville Blackhawks 42-4 at the National Football Stadium.

The visitors crossed the try line after two minutes of play when leading competition points scorer Carlin Anderson crossed over to score.

The Hunters responded immediately through enforcer David Loko, who sliced through the defence to score under the posts.

Buoyed on by a vocal home crowd of 6,768, the Hunters grabbed their second four-pointer through fullback Stargroth Amean, who scored in similar fashion to the first try.

The points continued to come easy with Boas kicking a penalty followed by another try to Amean in the 29th and Willie Minoga in the 33rd.

This brought the score to 26-4 at the break.

Amean got a hat trick when he opened the scoring in the second half from a Boas kick.

It was a miserable afternoon for the Blackhawks, who were unable to stop the onslaught.

The Hunters scored two more times through Gahuna Silas in the 58th and then a special from Watson Boas who ran 50 metres to score five minutes out from full time.

The man of the match was awarded to Amean.

Troy Taule