Bron­cos hold off Roost­ers for first win

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Kar­ratha Bron­cos have held on to a two-point lead by the skin of their teeth to notch their first vic­tory of the 2016 sea­son over the Kar­ratha Roost­ers.

In per­sis­tent rain the Bron­cos kept the lead the whole night, but at 30-36 with two min­utes left on the clock, two dropped balls found the visi­tors back-ped­alling on their own try line.

The Roost­ers pounced and, in a de­ci­sion which had Bronco’s sup­port­ers blow­ing up, one more play was called as the buzzer sounded be­tween a tackle be­ing made and the next play-the-ball re­sult­ing in a Roost­ers try right on the cor­ner post. It counted for lit­tle, how­ever, as a tough side­line kick from David Wailu failed to split the posts, leav­ing the fi­nal score at 34-36.

Ear­lier in the night the Bron­cos got off to a good start, push­ing the score out to 18-6 by half-time.

The visi­tors nul­li­fied the Roost­ers’ stylish run­ning game and the likes of Cognac De St Lau­rent put on a few fancy foot­work him­self.

Both teams were sketchy un­der the high ball but kept the pill alive through the hands well con­sid­er­ing the wet con­di­tions.

The Roost­ers stepped up a gear to start the sec­ond half, bring­ing the score to 16-18 within a few min­utes back on the pad­dock.

Two run­away tries to the Bron­cos, in­clud­ing a cen­tre-bust­ing run from De St Lau­rent, pushed the score back out but the Roost­ers kept com­ing back to stay within strik­ing dis­tance.

The buzzer, a car horn, was seem­ingly an is­sue all night af­ter be­ing missed at half-time and full­time. Car horns were sounded reg­u­larly through­out the game as well by spec­ta­tors, pos­si­bly lead­ing to con­fu­sion.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Vic­tor Wailu faces off against the Bron­cos’ Cognac De St Lau­rent on a dart­ing of­fen­sive run.

Ja­son Nixon breaks the Bron­cos’ line.

Vic­tor Wailu and Cognac De St Lau­rent.

David Wailu

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