The South Hobart Storm have caused the upset of the season with a 58 to 4 win over the Northern Warriors in round 3 of the state wide Rugby League season.
In front of the season’s biggest crowd, the Storm took on their much fancied opponents in the forwards and blew them off the park in a comprehensive display of football that had Coach, Mick Hunt, grinning from ear to ear.
Previously known as the Eastern Thunder, the Storm have re-branded themselves, recruited well and now have their first win for the season.
The game was a torrid affair in the first half, with referee, Scott Dyson, asserting his authority , sin binning a player from each team team. The Storm responded by running in five first half tries to lead 26 to 4 at the break.
Second rower, Daniel Job, terrorised the big Warriors pack with huge defensive hits, ably supported by 17 year old prop, Bryce Kaye, who steam rolled the opposition at will. The platform was set, and for the first time this season, the sparking Storm backline was let loose across the park.
New recruit, Shaun Kober, had an outstanding game at full back and ran in a 100 metre which only added to the demoralisation of the Warriors side who just did not seem to click in a game they would have marked down as a win.
Best for the Warriors were Jerry Kylea, Sam Rice and Harley Lyons.
In the under 18s game, the South Hobart Storm defeated the Southern Rabbitohs 68 to 16. The Rabbitohs put in a gutsy performance, but were unable to control the big Storm pack. Leroy Hart had an outstanding game for the Storm.
In a major set back for the Tasmanian Rugby League, the Southern Rabbitohs first grade side forfeited to the North West Coast Titans. This was to be the Titans first ever home game and Club founder, and President, Anthony McArthur, said his Club was disappointed by the decision.