Undermanned Storm prevail
Karratha Storm had an important second win against cross-town competitors the Karratha Broncos in their round 2 game on Saturday night.
The reigning premiers powered through a challenging match at Bulgarra Oval despite playing with an undermanned side and facing some tough opposition from the Broncos.
Storm steadily kicked their way to a comfortable early lead over the first half, and after their 66-0 loss to Port Hedland Hawks last week the Broncos must have been feeling the pressure.
A late try and conversion provided a major morale boost for them, however, taking the team out to halftime on 10 points, though not before Storm struck back with a helpful six points of their own to take their tally to 24.
The second half was all grit and little gain on the scoreboard for both teams.
Broncos were straight off the blocks leading forward but were halted in their tracks by Storm’s defence.
There were few breakthroughs after that as both teams continued to attack with determination but ran into tight pressure in the final stretch.
The Broncos were held scoreless for the half while Storm, with every one of their players on the field, managed to gradually extend their margin.
The final score was 36-10 to Karratha Storm.
In the other round 2 rugby game, Port Hedland Hawks defeated Wickham Wasps, 38-30, in a close and hardfought game in Wickham.
The Broncos will take on the Hawks in Port Hedland next week and the Wasps face the Roosters in Karratha while Storm players have a bye.
Storm’s Ronald Masso holds off two Broncos players as he runs forward for a try.
Players in a scrum in the Storm's offensive area.
Storm’s Samuel George brings down Broncos’ Charlie Cooper.