Spirit stay strong in face of de­feat

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News - Elise Goodin

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.

Tick­ets are avail­able now through Tick­et­mas­ter.

Pic­ture: Jo­han Sch­midt Pho­tog­ra­phy

Dane Haylett-Petty shakes off a Bris­bane City player.

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