The Victorian Thunderbolts have announced themselves in a big way.
The newly-formed development team have been the dominant side in the opening three rounds of the QRL Hastings Deering Colts competition.
Sitting on top of the ladder as one of only two undefeated teams, the Thunderbolts have a whopping 106 points differential.
That has come off the back of an averaging winning margin of 35 points over the opening three weeks.
Fijian winger Junior Ratuva has starred with five tries for the season so far, including a hat-trick in Saturday’s 50-6 win over Easts Tigers.
The team is captained by Matt Stimson, the younger brother of Joe who has become an emerging talent in the Melbourne Storm NRL squad.
The Thunderbolts will play the majority of their home games at Casey Fields and will also play the curtain raiser game on May 19, prior to Storm taking on the Manly Sea Eagles in Round 11.
Thunderbolts 2018 Results:
Round 1 – W 52-10 def Western Mustangs
Round 2 – W 36-16 def Tweed Heads Seagulls
Round 3 – W 50-6 def Easts Tigers