Powerful Storm run the Roosters ragged
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.
A hot-footing David Wailu is too much for Storm's Kyle Green.