Uellington Seve scored a hat trick as the Balmain Tigers put up 12 team tries in a dominant 64-0 win over the West Coast Pirates in their SG Ball Cup Round 6 clash at Ken Allen Field.
The shutout was the Pirates’ first of the season.
“We didn’t play our footy and that’s not going to cut it in this competition,” Coach Daniel Manning said.
In breezy conditions, the Tigers scored three tries in first 10 minutes and never looked back to record their second win of the season and condemn the Pirates to a sixth straight loss.
The Pirates, playing without regular captain Tyler Hunt (out for the season with a back injury), and vice-captain Oliver Callan (injury) were tested for depth as multiple players were asked to play out of position.
Balmain, coming off losses in their last two outings scored seven first-half tries as they capitalised on a tired-looking Pirates defence to take a 38-0 lead into the sheds.
The hosts, who saw little of the footy in the opening term almost got on the board after Devontay Tutai Tauiti broke the Tigers’ defensive line, only for the debutant to knock the ball on when he looked destined to score.
In the second half, Balmain continued with their attacking onslaught as they scored a further five tries to rack up their half-century of points.
West Coast’s defence firmed up in the final 25 minutes, however, as they kept Balmain to just the one try – helped by a try-saving tackle from debutant Tye Saus with six minutes to play.
“It was a good debut for him,” Manning said.
The Pirates now shift their focus to next week, when they travel to take on the St George Illawarra Dragons on Saturday, while Balmain host the Manly Sea Eagles.
“It’s just the one percenters we need to work on this week. We need to be positive going into the St George game,” Manning said.