Mounties crush Knights in Intrust Super Premiership clash
Five tries to winger Mikaele Ravalawa has seen the table-topping Mounties post the biggest win of the 2018 Intrust Super Premiership NSW season, running out 62-0 victors over an underwhelming Newcastle Knights outfit in the sides' Round 13 clash at Aubrey Keech Reserve.
Match: Mounties vs Knights
Venue: Aubrey Keech Reserve
Ravalawa's five tries were those of the hosts' 13 four-pointers – the full-time margin somewhat flattering the Knights, with Mounties converting on only five occasions due to blustery conditions in Sydney's southwest.
Ravalawa crossed for the first of the quintet in the 15th minute, backing up the scoring play of Ron Massey Cup-regular Tony Satini crossed for the first try of the afternoon with just three minutes gone.
Sitiveni Moceidreke burrowed his way over the line from close range to extend the Mounties lead to 14-0, before Ravalawa bagged his second on the stroke of half-time.
Hooker Craig Garvey slotted the ensuing shot on goal, as Mounties returned to the sheds with a 20-0 lead.
The flying winger completed his hat-trick 10 minutes after the change of ends, finishing off a well-worked backline shift to touch down for the side's fifth of the day.
The try was the first of four in an eight-minute window – a patch of dominance killing off any faint Newcastle hopes.
With Garvey off the field, Sam Duggan assumed the kicking duties, though he too couldn't raise the touch judges' flags with his shot on goal.
Upon the restart, Mounties continued to mount pressure, marching their way down the field as the side's towering forwards made light work of the Newcastle middle-third defenders.
Again, in good field position, returning halfback Sam Williams floated a cross-field kick to Ravalawa who responded in kind – touching down for his fourth try of the afternoon (53rd), to send Mounties out 28-0.
Tries to Jarred Kennedy (55th) and Brad Abbey (58th) rounded out the rapid-fire scoring window, before Kennedy secured his brace in the 62nd-minute.
Satini completed his double with another try with 15 minutes to play, before Ravalawa scored his fifth to bring up the half-century of points for Mounties.
Abbey also notched his double with a 76th-minute try, before Michael Oldfield scored the last try of the match, racing away to seal the 62-0 victory.
MOUNTIES 62 (M Ravalawa 5 B Abbey 2 J Kennedy 2 T Satini 2 S Moceidreke M Oldfield tries S Williams 3 C Garvey 2 goals) bt. NEWCASTLE 0