Roosters win with last push
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.
Manunui Tito puts on some fancy footwork to set Victor Wailu up for a try.