After months of development and a delay due to COVID-19, the NRL WA North West Cup has finally kicked off, with the South Hedland Cougars getting themselves off to a great start out of town. The Cougars made the long journey from Hedland to Broome to take on the Broome Jets last Saturday in the official launch of the NRL WA North West Cup. From the outset, both teams were firing out the gate ready to shut each other by any means. However, after a bit of back and forth, South Hedland’s Nathan Swayne charged through the Jets’ defence to score the opening try, which was followed by a successful conversion by Kelima Levi. It seemed the try was the catalyst for the Jets to step up in a bid to score a try of their own but were ultimately unable to convert as Hedland’s Nelson Mauga ran away with it to score a second try for the Cougars, leaving the Jets scoreless at quarter-time. The Cougars continued to outrun the Jets as Mohammed Levi sped off to score a try within minutes of returning to the field for the second quarter. Although the Jets were trying hard to put the pressure on the Cougars, the Cougars were just too quick as Mauga managed to score himself a second try. Just seconds before half-time, a hard tackle left skipper Matty Corpus with a suspected broken ankle as the Jets remained scoreless at half-time. After the half-time break, the Jets returned to the field refocussed and motivated to make a comeback for their captain as Dean Barlow finally got his team on the scoreboard with a try. However, the Cougars continued shutting them down, leaving the three-quarter-time at 14 points. Late tries from Kelima Levi and James Ahmat sealed the match in the Cougars’ favour, 28-4. Elsewhere, the match-up between Tom Price Steelers and Wickham Wasps was cancelled due to the Wasps being unable to field a team. NRL WA North West chair Ashlea Thompson said the league would consider a potential redraw. South Hedland Cougars will enjoy a bye in round two while the Jets will travel to Hedland to take on the Tom Price Steelers on July 18. After starting the season with the bye, Karratha Roosters will make their competition debut in round two when they take on Wickham Wasps.