Storm strike at Bron­cos to win the fi­nal

Pil­bara Rugby League pre­miers the Kar­ratha Storm beat home­town ri­vals the Bron­cos 34-12 in an em­phatic grand fi­nal win at the Leisure­plex on Satur­day night.

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Peter de Krui­jff

The Kar­ratha Storm were dom­i­nant in their 34-12 win against the Kar­ratha Bron­cos in the Pil­bara Rugby League grand fi­nal on Satur­day night.

Un­der the big lights of the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex the side­lines were a mix­ture of pur­ple for Storm, Ma­roon for the Bron­cos, and black since the Ki­wis had won the Bledis­loe Cup that af­ter­noon.

The Storm opened up the scor­ing and ran in a se­ries of unan­swered tries be­fore the Bron­cos struck back through a hit-up to sec­ond-rower Alex Dunn who ran a straight line through de­fend­ers and right next to the posts.

Bron­cos full-back and cap­tain Har­ley Speight con­verted and his side went into half­time down 24-6 af­ter Storm in­ter­change Cain Wind­ley crossed the line be­fore the hooter.

The sec­ond half didn’t get any bet­ter for the Bron­cos, who grabbed another try through Isiah McDon­ald, but could not muster a come­back as the Storm kept com­ing.

Storm cen­tre Ka­rauna Ripia had another solid game, bag­ging four tries and two con­ver­sions.

Dar­ren Haumaha and Clay- ton Home Cas­sidy also con­trib­uted to the Storm’s to­tal with a try each.

Storm coach Mor­gan Leaf said it had been a shaky first half for his side, but they stuck to what they’d done all year, which was to fo­cus on their de­fence and let the of­fence flow from there.

“We did this one for Chucky, he was a Rooster booster but he sup­ported us all the way,” he said. “I’m re­ally proud of all the boys and thank all the sup­port­ers and the spon­sors.”

Storm five-eighth Mitch Will­mot re­ceived the Christo Ben­jamin award, named af­ter the Kar­ratha Roost­ers and PRL life mem­ber, for his manof-the-match per­for­mance.

PRL rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tom O’Keefe con­grat­u­lated the Storm on their win and for lift­ing the shield of the com­pe­ti­tion which has been go­ing since 1973.

Speight had only com­mis­er­a­tions for his com­rades and best wishes for the Storm.

Pic­ture: Peter de Krui­jff

Pic­ture: Peter de Krui­jff

Kar­ratha Storm’s Cain Wind­ley barn­storms over the line for a try.

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