Hawks score win on road

Pilbara News - - PILBARA SPORT - Tom Zaun­mayr

Hed­land Hawks made a mark on the Pil­bara Rugby League com­pe­ti­tion by notch­ing up a rare win on the road, ac­count­ing for Kar­ratha Broncos, 52-22, in Bul­garra at the week­end.

With no of­fi­cial ref­er­ees on the field or side­lines, the game was run on the back of vol­un­teers to en­sure the Hawks’ five-hour round trip was not for noth­ing.

Within min­utes, the Hawks had im­posed them­selves on the game, com­ing out fly­ing with two quick tries.

The home side had the num­bers and plenty of fresh faces, but lacked any co­he­sion and struc­ture on the field.

On a positive note for the Broncos, the ad­di­tion of sev­eral of Kar­ratha Storm’s big for­wards made a no­tice­able im­pact.

Ka­rauna Ripia has been one of the hard­est men to take down in the league and he showed no signs of eas­ing up in dif­fer­ent colours, break­ing the Hawks’ line reg­u­larly and cross­ing for three of the Broncos’ four tries.

It counted for lit­tle, how­ever, as a more ag­ile Hawks out­fit ran rings around the Broncos’ de­fence.

Isa­iah Tam­a­toa and Sam Grif­fiths in par­tic­u­lar proved hard to hold as they con­sis­tently made 20m-plus through bro­ken play.

Both men crossed for two tries, as did Brian Yoelu.

Ge­orge Mal­lie had a solid night with the boot, slot­ting eight from 11 at­tempts.

In the other game, Wick­ham Wasps held top spot in a 46-32 home vic­tory over Kar­ratha Roosters.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

A Hawks player fends off Kar­ratha’s Sam O’Mare.

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