Hawks score win on road
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.
A Hawks player fends off Karratha’s Sam O’Mare.