Un­der­manned Storm pre­vail

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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