MK Wolves were put to the sword on Saturday as they were hammered 90-12 by St Ives Roosters.
There was to be no repeat of Wolves’ famous 2012 victory over St Ives this time round, as a slender squad of 18 made their way to California Road.
The early exchanges of the game were even. After a 15 minute opening period which saw some brutal collisions and tackles traded, nobody had yet made a breakthrough.
However, the floodgates then opened. Wolves, on the attack and within scent of a try, moved the ball out to the wing, and Kelvin Dwumfuo correctly attempted a cheeky grubber kick inside on the final tackle, which was collected by St Ives in their own in-goal. They ran the length of the field through the fragmented MK defence to score.
St Ives clearly had a set gameplan and stuck to it. Their basic moves were devastatingly effective, and they exploited the gaps left in Wolves’ defence.
There was one chink of light for the visitors when, approaching the stroke of half time, they were able to exploit the Roosters’ own defensive lapse with Abe Kerr crossing close to the sticks. Scott Aspinall added the conversion to leave the half-time score at 36-6 to St. Ives.
The second half continued in a similar vein - with the Roosters rotating their numerous subs to keep their players fresh, and executing their set plays brutally and effectively.
However, although battered and beaten, Wolves refused to roll over and give up.
That resilience paid off with one final score from skipper Scott Aspinall, who added the conversion to bring the curtain down at 90-12.