Dragons Hunt and Sims exorcise Suncorp demons in Brisbane boilover
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Dragons Hunt and Sims exorcise Suncorp demons in Brisbane boilover

The last time they were at Suncorp Stadium, Tariq Sims picked up Ben Hunt and piled him into the turf.

One was wearing NSW blue, the other Queensland maroon. Sims' tackle was so, so late it was an understatement to call it a brain explosion. He got penalised on his State of Origin debut and from there Brad Fittler's team blew their chance of a clean sweep.

Tariq Sims put on a show for Dragons fans who braved Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

Tariq Sims put on a show for Dragons fans who braved Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

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Sims was upset that night, Hunt perhaps equally so after losing his halfback jersey. What a difference a couple of months make.

The back-rower played like a man possessed, scoring a first half hat-trick as the Dragons pulled off a monumental upset in the first week of the finals. One of his tries was laid on to perfection by Hunt, who had the last laugh after starting and finishing his old club's season.

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Much-maligned Ben Hunt finally had a day to remember.

Much-maligned Ben Hunt finally had a day to remember.

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The crowd mocked him at every chance. The unassuming boy from the Queensland bush just did his job, with so much more surety than the last six weeks. After losing Gareth Widdop to another shoulder injury and Jack de Belin to another foot complaint, Hunt will need to walk on water to get the Dragons home against the Rabbitohs next week.

But at least he's got a chance. And with Sims running off him again.

"I’ve got my back row that I think are as good as any," coach Paul McGregor said of the Sims-Tyson Frizell and Jack Belin trio. "That was their task there today, wasn’t it? I wouldn’t swap those three."

And Hunt?

"He was involved in a 48-18 win and he’s part of 1-17 like he is every week," McGregor said. "He gets a lot of blame for things he shouldn’t. I’m just glad he’s smiling in the sheds there part of a winning team."