Roost­ers win with last push

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Kar­ratha Roost­ers went the dis­tance over cross-town ri­vals the Bron­cos, win­ning 42-28 thanks to a late push in the fi­nal min­utes of play in Bul­garra at the week­end.

In a game in which no team went clear by more than a try un­til the dy­ing min­utes, it was left to a few pieces of in­di­vid­ual bril­liance to break the game open.

The Bron­cos got on the board first and looked the bet­ter side for most of the first half, but the boot of Roost­ers kicker David Wailu meant they went into the break 18-all de­spite one more try go­ing the Bron­cos’ way.

Both teams’ cen­tres were nul­li­fied in at­tack, leav­ing no choice but to spread the ball wide.

Ev­ery time the Bron­cos crossed the line, the Roost­ers fired back soon af­ter un­til they even­tu­ally got their noses in front mid­way through the sec­ond half.

From there it was the home side forced to do the chas­ing, and they man­aged to keep in touch un­til the fi­nal five min­utes.

The Bron­cos found some suc­cess down the right wing through Cognac De St Lau­rent and Car­los Ware­tini, who scored three tries for the night.

But a more pol­ished kick­ing game and dan­ger­ous run­ning op­tions across the field had the Roost­ers threat­en­ing to break the game open in the fi­nal 20 as both teams tired.

Chase Rye had a huge game, break­ing tack­les and gain­ing valu­able me­tres on more than one oc­ca­sion when the Roost­ers were deep in their own half.

Sam Ge­orge and Ma­nunui Tito also had strong games for the Roost­ers.

Wailu fin­ished the night with seven from seven with the boot, while the Bron­cos’ kick­ers only man­aged two from six.

Chase Rye finds a hole to get the Roost­ers off their own try­line.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Ma­nunui Tito puts on some fancy foot­work to set Vic­tor Wailu up for a try.

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