Spirit stay strong in face of defeat
PERTH Spirit suffered a 26-21 loss to Brisbane City in front of a 2300- strong crowd at McGillivray Oval last Sunday.
Both sides gave the ball plenty of width throughout the match, with the home side turning in a strong first half performance to lead 2118 at the break.
But while the attacking intent remained in the second term, it was the visitors who crossed for the lone try of the second half to run out fivepoint winners.
A strong showing from Perth Spirit’s Cottesloe connection of Dane Haylett-Petty and Solomoni Rasolea, and a brace for flyhalf Dillyn Leyds wasn’t enough to hold out a solid Brisbane City outfit.
Haylett-Petty was particularly dangerous for the Perth side – beating the first two defenders throughout the match and carrying play downfield with a consistent kicking display.
Recent Wallaby inclusion Kyle Godwin (Associates) showed he is back to full strength with a blitzing run down the sideline to set up Leyds’ first try.
The Spirit launched a number of long range attacking raids in the second half, only to fall a pass short or turnover possession and in the 65th minute Brisbane turned the tables, scoring a long range try from a turnover to take a 26-21 lead.
A late attempt to steal the game when Godwin linked with Rasolea to seemingly put Haylett-Petty away was dashed as the play was called back for an errant foot on the sideline.
The Perth Spirit’s next home match will be at Joondalup’s HBF Arena against the Sydney Stars on Sunday, September 28.
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Dane Haylett-Petty shakes off a Brisbane City player.