Brambani inspires Sheffield to 10-try win

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Sheffield Eagles mixed attacking flair with strong defence as they scored 10 tries against newly-promoted North Wales Crusaders.

Winger Scott Turner and full-back Quentin Laulu-Togaage scored hat-tricks and Dominic Brambani was outstanding revelling in the freedom of the big pitch at the Racecourse ground to control the game.

Eagles took the lead with a solo try from the half-way line by Laulu-Togagae, before three tries in six minutes in the run-up to half-time.

Winger Scott Turner took long pass to dive over at the corner and kick by Brambani bounced back for Misi Taulapapa to race in. Next the scrum-half’s high kick was taken by Turner for his second try. With Brambani converting two of the tries the Eagles led 22-0 at the break.

Crusaders caught the visitors cold after the restart with Owain Griffiths finishing a move down the right and Tommy Johnson adding the goal.

Eagles’ reply came with Turner taking Patch Walker’s chip kick to complete his hat-trick. Brambani produced a great off-load to send Laulu-Togagae sweeping in under the posts.

Eagles turned the screw with Gareth Owen forcing a mistake to claim a try and Yere’s break and offload sent in Walker. Brambani put in Laulu-Togagae to complete his hat-trick and bring up the 50 points. Yere’s try rounded off the scoring as Brambani kicked eight conversions.

North Wales Crusaders: Johnson; Clay, Reardon, Roets, Massam; Moulsdale, Durbin; Walker, Karl Ashall, Offerdahl, Middlehurst, Wild, Craig Ashall. Substitutes: Smith, Martins, Bannister, Griffiths.

Sheffield Eagles: Laulu-Togagae; Turner, Yere, Taulapapa, Burke; Walker, Brambani; Lillycrop, Henderson, Stringer, Garside, Aspinall, Straugheir. Substitutes: Owen, Green, Blagbrough, Ashton.

Referee: C Kendall (RFL).