Pow­er­ful Storm run the Roost­ers ragged

Pilbara News - - Sports - Tom Zaun­mayr

Reign­ing PRL cham­pi­ons Kar­ratha Storm have got off to a fly­ing 50-point start to the 2016 sea­son, though not with­out some se­ri­ous ques­tions be­ing asked of their de­fence by an un­der­manned Roost­ers side.

The Storm’s hard-run­ning cen­tres, a fea­ture of their suc­cess­ful 2015 cam­paign, found plenty of me­tres around the first re­ceiver and lit­tle need to spread the ball wide as they trounced an 11-man Kar­ratha Roost­ers out­fit 70-20 at the Leisure­plex.

What will go down on pa­per as an easy win was far from true, howlate­comer ever, as the fleet-footed run­ning game of the Roost­ers cou­pled with an ill-dis­ci­plined Storm de­fence was sure to con­cern the favourites.

The Storm started as ex­pected against a team with three fewer play­ers on the field and no re­serves, run­ning in three easy tries be­fore the Roost­ers lifted.

From there a pat­tern be­gan to emerge, how­ever, as er­rant arms, tack­les off the ball and fail­ure to clear the ruck gifted easy me­tres to the Roost­ers time and time again.

When in of­fence the Roost­ers held their own, with the three Wailus in par­tic­u­lar open­ing plenty of holes in the Storm de­fen­sive line.

The teams went into the break with the Storm lead­ing 38-10 af­ter Cody Ware ran across on the left wing close to half-time for the Roost­ers.

QJ Ohia crossed over three times for the Storm while Kurt Trud­gett nailed six conversions as well as two tries to top score with 20 points.

The Storm will look to tighten their de­fence be­fore tak­ing on a full-strength op­po­nent while the Roost­ers did enough to show they will be a force if they can get enough play­ers on the field.

Storm will take on the Bron­cos at Bulgarra while the Wick­ham Wasps play the Port Hed­land Hawks in Wick­ham this week­end.

The Wasps trounced the Bron­cos, their bo­gey side in 2015, 66-nil in the other game last Satur­day.

Storm’s Lance Kau­tai finds space to set up the first try of the night.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

A hot-foot­ing David Wailu is too much for Storm's Kyle Green.

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