Saints 'kane' poor Kangaroos
AUSSIE RULES: BITS Saints overcame some goal-kicking yips to smash a disappointing Rockhampton Kangaroos in round 11 of the AFL Capricornia competition at BITS Oval on Saturday.
Spurred on with the return of ruckman Jacob Mills and the ball-winning and class of Steven Pugh (five goals), forward Kane Haua (four goals) and centre half forward Brendan Clarke with four as well, the Saints marched on to consolidate second spot with a 18.16 (124) to 2.1 (13) win.
Pugh, Ben Dempsey, Jamie Cunninghame, impressive Maxwell Simmonds and Solomon Island sensation Peter Nuku did what they pleased through the centre of the ground and the forwards feasted on the constant supply of entries.
Big Clarke used his aggression and strong frame to worry the living daylight out of the Kangaroos' defence.
The quarter-time score could have been so much more commanding the BITS' way if not for errant kicking.
The combined play between Dempsey and Nuku ended with a second major to Pugh and pretty much it was a procession.
The hosts went on to boot a further four goals to effectively end the match as a contest at half-time.
What was impressive is that BITS Saints built on their 54-point lead on each of the final two quarters.
At least Jarrod Donovan showed pluck off a back flank for the visitors before he went forward, Brent Wood continued his consistent season before frustration got the better of him in the last term when he was sin-binned.
Anthony Pearce was another who held up in defence especially during the final term with some timely spoils and marks against Clarke.
Pugh said post-match that the forward entries has been the focus on the training track during the week.
"It was just possession football and we probably had a month there where we were just looking for the long option whereas we really lowered our eyes and used the ball really well through the middle and obviously converted on the scoreboard," Pugh said.
The classy left-footer added there is still improvement to be made.
"I think we will get a few players back and that will help...we just need a bit of leadership around the ground," Pugh said.
"We really need to lift our talk and we did lower our eyes but there is still a bit of work to do there."
BITS take on undefeated Yeppoon Swans in Yeppoon in what will be a top-of-the-table blockbuster this Saturday.