Wasps sting brit­tle Bron­cos

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

David Ox­ley finds a crack in the Bron­cos’ de­fence. Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

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