Howzat: Bombers notch 100 points to blitz West End
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Fassifern Bombers have got in early before cricket season to notch a century of points in their Ipswich A Grade clash with West End.
The Bombers scored a converted try in the final seconds of the match on Saturday night to beat the depleted Bulldogs 100-6 at West End.
Try-scoring sensation Leveni Kurimalawai broke the club record with seven tries.
Coach Daniel Roos said Kurimalawai's tries showcased the flying Fijian's speed . . . which he has to burn.
"He scored one try off the kick-off,” Roos said.
"It went to him and he ran 70 metres straight through them to score.
"Most of his tries started from the halfway line where someone would bust through and he'd loom up in support to score.
"Leveni knows how to find the tryline and there is no substitute for speed.
"He is learning more and more about rugby league and how to hit a hole that's for sure. Give him any room and he will go straight through. But he has a lot of power behind him and he can break a tackle with his strength as well.”
The former rugby union star has a stunning 36 tries for the season in 16 games in the centres. His 144 points for the season has the star Bomber in fifth on the overall point scoring list for the year and he hasn't kicked a single goal, a stunning achievement in any competition.
"Normally it is the goal kickers that dominate the highest point scoring list,” Roos said.
"But Leveni doesn't seem to worry about any of that sort of stuff. He just goes about his business and does what he does.”
The Bombers other Fijian rocket Marika Kuriyalavou scored a hat-trick to take his season tally to 20 tries.
"Marika could have got a couple more but passed it for someone else to score,” Roos said.
Former Kiwi international David Fa'alogo scored a double, star second-rower Aleki Falepaini was strong and Landon Hayes was solid at lock.
The Bombers scored their last try after a Falepaini break, who found prop Zac Stanfield in support to score his first try of the season under the sticks.
Five-eighth Aaron Adcock, who notched 36 points on the day, landed the conversion to bring up 100 points as the siren sounded.
Roos said it was an all-round team effort after the players were unhappy with their most recent performance.
"The guys turned up with the right attitude and were trying to make amends for last week where they knew they didn't play well against Cobras,” he said.
"They were all switched on and ready to play. We didn't have to do a lot of defending but it was a real team effort. Leveni was scoring the tries out wide on the back of the guys doing the hard work in the middle to create those opportunities.
"West End had a few players out and they never stopped trying.”
The referees awarded West End winger Jordan Lawton two best and fairest points for his efforts.
Fassifern host Norths on Sunday in their final round game.