Wasps sting brittle Broncos
Wickham Wasps have kept their mantle as title favourites intact after a 60-point win over an undermanned Broncos outfit in Bulgarra at the weekend.
In a game that featured plenty of big hit-ups and line breaks, the Wasps hit their straps early and finished off strongly for a 68-8 scoreline.
While the score does not make for pretty reading for the Broncos, who went without a bench, the game proved a more level affair than the scoreline suggests.
The Wasps put several tries on the board early but the home side managed to stem the flow in the second 20 minutes of the first half as they finally started pushing into their attacking half.
From there, the play went end to end, with Broncos runners Cognac De St Laurent and Jordan MelvilleMain asking plenty of questions of the Wasps’ defence.
The visitors continued to spread the ball wide, testing the Broncos’ fitness, knowing full well they had no back-up.
George Ismaela was a wrecking ball down the centre for the Broncos, while on the other side, Tekaha Stojanovic and Jack Moore were proving too slippery for the men in maroon.
Having gone into half-time down 36-4, the Broncos managed to turn field position their way to start the second, but were unable to convert that into points.
As the game wore on, the home side eventually ran out of puff, with holes finally opening up for the Wasps to pounce in the final 15 minutes.
Junior Tuliau and Stojanovic ran in for late tries to seal another big victory over the Karratha franchises this season.
With the Storm finally folding because of a lack of players, both the Broncos and Roosters could look to boost their player stocks ahead of the finals to ensure they have numbers on the field come crunch time.