Centre Joe Joshua crossed for a hat-trick of tries at the National Football Stadium while debutant Tony Yoka brought the house down with a try in the 23rd minute.
Earlier winger Junior Rau, pictured, scored the Hunters’ first points of 2019 with a well-taken try in 17th minute.
Even though the Hunters lost, the performance was a step in the right direction as the attack was better with Yoka’s involvement.
Hunters coach Michael Marum was pleased with the effort and despite allowing soft tries the team had scored points after being kept scoreless in the first two games.
The loss saw the Hunters stay winless after three rounds — the worst start to a season in the club’s history.
“For us its’ not about points now but it’s how we play, game after game, we understand that it’s a long season and we have to put points on the board but we have a new team and we are still building,” Marum said.
“All we want is for the boys to perform well and hopefully we can back it up next week.”