Willie Minoga celebrates the winning try.
Willie Minoga celebrates the winning try.Source: FOX SPORTS

PNG Hunters have won an historic maiden Queensland Cup title, stealing victory from the hands of Sunshine Coast in an epic and emotional finish at Suncorp Stadium.

The Falcons scored two early tries and led 10-0 in the opening 10 minutes of the game.

But the Hunters lifted the intensity and grinded out an arm wrestle second half.

They trailed 10-6 with six minutes left on the clock when halfback Watson Boas was knocked out and had to be stretchered off the field.

Epic finish hands PNG history

Epic finish hands PNG history


But then, with 90 seconds left on the clock, Willie Minoga chased through a grubber and scored a try to level the scoreboard.

Then Watson’s brother, Ase Boas, knocked over the conversion to steal the lead 12-10 and steal the premiership.

Papua New Guinea players were crying on the field as they celebrated the stunning victory in front of a big Brisbane crowd.

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Dirty shot KO's teammate

Dirty shot KO’s teammate


PNG Hunters captain Ase Boas is the man of the moment, but the hero of Sunday’s Queensland Cup victory is more concerned about the future.

The five-eighth completed the perfect season when he picked up the Duncan Hall Medal for man of the match in a thrilling 12-10 defeat of Sunshine Coast at Suncorp Stadium.

His last-minute grubber found Willie Minoga under the posts and the captain’s conversion gave his side their first title since the club’s 2014 inception.

“I wasn’t panicked; you have to fight until the last second,” he said.

Boas was also Queensland Cup player of the season and led his side to their first minor premiership.

He expects epic scenes when they touch down in Port Moresby on Monday. But the 28-year-old is happy to palm off the accolades and focus on PNG’s next generation.

NRL expansion in PNG has been endorsed by the likes of James Graham and Matthew Johns in the last two weeks and Boas says it’s not a far-fetched concept.

“I think they’re working towards it and hopefully boys coming through the ranks can get in there, that’s the dream and we are setting the platform for it,” he said.

“A win will really inspire them to put in with their training to one day be a Hunter and one day have a team in NRL.”

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