Wick­ham fi­nals for both codes

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

Wick­ham Wasps have earned a home grand fi­nal af­ter a re­sound­ing win over Port Hed­land Hawks in their semi­fi­nal last Satur­day.

Rugby fans were treated to an ex­cit­ing, high-qual­ity game in the top-two match-up at Wick­ham Oval, with some in­tense pres­sure and slick pas­sages of play on show.

While the Wasps looked like the dom­i­nant side for much of the match, and took no pris­on­ers on their way to chalk­ing up a fi­nal score of 44-12, the Hawks were for­mi­da­ble op­po­nents and made the home side work hard for most of the game.

Both teams got points on the board early, be­fore the Hed­land side seemed to lose steam in at­tack, though main­tained the pres­sure on Wick­ham.

Hed­land came into the sec­ond half look­ing re­freshed and quickly scored the first try and con­ver­sion of the term.

With the score­line sud­denly nar­rowed to 14-12 the Wasps’ way, play­ers and fans alike were on edge, and stayed that way as both teams re­mained locked in an armwres­tle.

But the Wasps gained mo­men tum as the half wore on, and about mid­way through, they broke the drought with a try from Joe Wil­sher. It gal­vanised the team and the scores kept com­ing as they ran away with the game.

re­ward is a place in the grand fi­nal, which will be played on their home ground, and a week’s break in the mean­time.

The Hawks will have a sec­ond chance in a pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal this week­end against Kar­ratha Bron­cos, who crushed the Roost­ers’ fi­nals hopes by a mere four points, 28-24, on Satur­day.

The match will be played on the Hawks’ home turf at Marie Mar­land Re­serve, South Hed­land, this Satur­day at 7.30pm.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Wasps' Daniel Blox­ham tack­les Hawks' Richie Wu­ruki.

Wasps' David Ox­ley on the run.

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