South London Storm traveled the 6 and a half hours to Sunderland to return the cross conference fixture won in May by 72 ? 6. This time the travel was supposed to affect the Storm as it had Sunderland however, Storm ran out winners by a larger margin this time by 76 - 4.
From the kick off it took just 2 minutes before twinkle toes Mitch Moore danced his way once again through the Sunderland back line to score under the posts after initial hard work from man of the match Gav Hill, Louis Neethling slotted the conversion to make the scores 10-0
With some good cover tackling from Moore, Dave Wilson and Tane Kingi Storm kept out the home side. Then on the 17th minute Louise Neethling broke through some poor defending to race 30 meters for a try which he converted.
18 year old Mannighan showed experience beyond his years with a great steal of the ball in a one on one tackle to give himself an easy run to the line. Keri Ryan then was put through under the posts by Mick Walker. Further tries came from Dave Wilson and Carl Zacharow, Storm lead 38-0 at the half.
Storm Continued as they ended the first half and within a minute Dave Wilson went over again wide and five minutes later a 50 m solo try from Louis Neethling took the score to 48-0 and Sunderland were dead and buried.
From then Carl Zacharow scored to take he score to 54-0. Sunderland did manage to grab a try back out wide with Simon O?Neill managing to navigate down the smallest gap to score in the corner.
Mitch Moore then scored and with further tries from Neethling and two from Tane Kingi one a superb solo 60 meter effort from the back of a Storm scrum finished the job off with Neethling converting 2 the score finished 76-4.
Next week Storm face an Ipswich side eager for revenge at home after the 80 point beating handed out by Storm on the first day of the season.
Storm XII: Mitchell Moore, Cormac Lomasney, Pete Mannighan, Carl Zacharow, Gavin Calloo; Tane Kingi, Dave Wilson; Gav Hill, Mick Walker, David Sia, Louis Neethling, Carl Jones, Keri Ryan (subs) Rich Pitchfork, Rob Grant, Ben Livingston, Simon Spink.
Tries: Neethling 3, Zacharow 2, Wilson 2, Moore 2, Kingi 2, Mannighan 1, Ryan 1, Walker 1. Goals: Neethling 10Like