In a game pitting the competition’s only winless sides against each other, it was the Victoria Thunderbolts who celebrated their first victory of the 2019 SG Ball season after downing the West Coast Pirates 56-12 at Rockingham Mazda Arena on Saturday.
Thunderbolts fullback Dean Ieremia bagged a hat-trick of tries and played a part in several others as the visitors secured the two competition points, leaving Pirates coach Daniel Manning disappointed.
“The speed of the ruck is where they beat us,” Manning said.
“Once Victoria got the quick play the ball, they destroyed us through the middle.”
The Thunderbolts scored early and often – running out 10 tries to two victors.
Jackson Bond and Jaiden Wilkinson crossed for the Pirates either side of half-time, while hooker Jaydon Solomon added the extras on both occasions, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Pirates from slipping to an 0-7 record on the year.
Bond has now scored three of the Pirates’ 13 tries this season as the second-year forward continues to impress week-in-week-out, while skipper Wilkinson notched his first four-pointer of the year.
The Pirates wrap up their 2019 season next Saturday at home to the Penrith Panthers.
“We’ve got to finish strong,” Manning said.
“[Next week ] is the last game for the second-year Pirates. We’ve got to stay positive.”
The game will be played at 10.30am at Charlottes Pavilion in Ellenbrook.