The Papua New Guinea Hunters rugby league team scored three unanswered tries in the second half to beat Burleigh 20-10 in Port Moresby and extend their winning streak to three matches.
The defending Intrust Super Cup champions opened the scoring through a try from hooker Wartovo Puara before Bears winger Troy Leo scored twice in five minutes to give the visitors a four-point lead at half-time.
But Charlie Simon, Thompson Teteh and Adex Wera all dotted down in the second spell to get the Hunters home and keep their playoff push alive.
Michael Marum’s side leapfrogged Norths Devils and Souths Logan Magpies into seventh place on 22 points, trailing the Easts Tigers and Sunshine Coast Falcons on points difference with four rounds remaining in the regular season.
The Townsville Blackhawks are now two points clear at the top of the competition ladder after beating the Magpies, who host the Hunters this weekend.
Redcliffe Dolphins stay second despite a shock loss at home by Ipswich Jets, while Burleigh and the Northern Pride also remain unmoved despite defeats by last year’s grand finalists PNG and Sunshine Coast.
Ex Hunters, Kumuls star returns to the field
Former Papua New Guinea Kumuls wing Garry Lo made his rugby league comeback at the weekend.
The 24 year old scored a try and assisted two more for Waghi Tumbe in the Digicel Cup, PNG’s semi-professional domestic competition.
The former PNG Hunters flyer, who scores two tries for the Kumuls during last year’s World Cup, left English Super League club Castleford in May for personal reasons and returned to PNG.