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PNG Hunters win Qld Cup debut

Rugby league's Papua New Guinea Hunters have made a winning start to their first Queensland Cup campaign with a victory over Redcliffe Dolphins in Brisbane.
PNG Hunters win Qld Cup debut
by AAP

BRISBANE, March 2 AAP - Rugby league's Papua New Guinea Hunters have made a winning start to their first Queensland Cup campaign with a victory over Redcliffe Dolphins in Brisbane.

The Hunters, who are PNG's first professional sporting franchise, defeated the second-tier competition heavyweights 24-18.

PNG coach Michael Marum admits he was surprised by his side's performance and said the challenge was to maintain the standards displayed by the Hunters on Sunday.

"I didn't expect the boys to stand up like that for the first game," Marum said on the NRL.com website.

"This is a good start to the competition and we will hope to build on that."

The Hunters, who one day hope to play in the NRL, will enjoy the next three rounds of the competition at their home ground in Kokopo.

In 2014, the Queensland Cup winners will play the NSW Cup champions on NRL grand final day.


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