Nonthaburi sits just North West of the Thai Capital and the recently formed Rugby League Club knew it would have a huge first up challenge on their hands facing a Sattahip side saturated with some very fine Navy trained players.
The Knights struggled from the kickoff starved of possession early on due to a mixture of over ambitious play and stage fright.
As a result Sattahip were allowed to kick away to a 16-nil lead inside the first quarter of the match, Storm Fullback Worachot Ruwonnachot scoring two of his trifecta of tries inside the first 20 minutes of play.
The Weerapong Noojareon led Nonthaburi side then followed their tenacious Captain/coach’s lead and took it up to the Navy lads, clawing back a try when speedy flanker Trin Taweewang jagged onto an inside pass to bring the gap to ten points going into the halftime break.
The second stanza saw a spirited Knights attempt a few well drilled late tackle moves but field position was not a priority for them-and they paid for it.
Led by Thai duel International Sahmon Buasod, the Storm we able to apply the blowtorch scoring a further three unanswered tries before the Knights rallied for a late second half try to their gun centre Nutdanai Tassananipan who more than held his own against a more fancied Storm backline.
Sattahip Storm 34 defeated
Tries: Worachot 3, Jatturvong, Attiwit, Parawot; Goals: Worachot 4 Jatturvong
Nonthaburi Knights 12
Tries: Nutdanai 2; Goals: Trin Taweewang 2