first_imgThe home team lost to New South Wales Cup team Penrith Panthers 20-12 in front of a bumper crowd of over 15 000 people. Following the official opening of the NFS by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Panthers opened the score board with the first try through Leilani Latu 15 minutes into the game.A successful conversion took them to lead 6-0.Hunters fought back to score their first try through Adex Wera five minutes to half time followed by an unsuccessful conversion 6-4.Panthers extended the lead through a try seconds to half time from Josh Hall.A conversion by Soward put them in front 12-4 at half time.Hunters bounced back in the second half scoring their second try through newcomer Philemon Kimiseve. The conversion  unsuccessful conversion 8-12.But Panthers were on a roll with two tries awarded to Malakai Zelezniak to take the score up 20-8 after two unsuccessful conversations.Zelezniak scored his first try 10 minutes into second half and the second came halfway through the second half.A late try from new face to the Hunters pack Sailas Gahuna took the home team up 20-12 but this wasn’t enough to take them to victory.The night was topped off with fireworks.last_img

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