The Hunters were under the pump right from the kick off; forced to defend in their own half in the opening minutes.
But solid defence denied the Seagulls early points.
After weathering the storm, the Hunters went on the counter attack and found the try line in the 12th minute through Justin Olam.
Ase Boas converted the try to take a 6-0 lead.
But the Seagulls continued to ask questions, threatening to score dominating possession.
The home side finally broke through the Hunters’ defence in the 31st minute when Sam Saville scored.
The Hunters hit back six minutes later after good ball movement by Wartovo Puara Jnr put Adex Wera over the line.