Rams dampen Perth’s spir­its

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Looklocalwa.com.au - Elise Goodin

THE Perth Spirit has lost to the Greater Syd­ney Rams 44-34 in a high-scor­ing match in round three of the Na­tional Rugby Cham­pi­onship (NRC) in Ade­laide.

The Rams led 10-0 at the 20minute mark be­fore three con­sec­u­tive tries to the Spirit’s Alec Hep­burn, Zack Holmes and Dil­lyn Leyds saw them take a 21-10 lead into the half­time break.

The Rams were un­stop­pable in the sec­ond half how­ever and ex­tended their lead to 44-26 with four suc­ces­sive tries.

Spirit’s Al Rovira and flanker Kane Koteka were tire­less through­out the match against a strong at­tack­ing Rams side.

Both sides had their op­por­tu­ni­ties in the first quar­ter of the match but the re­lent­less de­fence as well as han­dling er­rors en­sured the score re­mained 0-0 un­til the Rams’ Ben Volavola slot­ted a penalty goal to take it to 2-0.

The Rams ex­tended their lead to 10-0 when they found Taqele Nai­yarvaro, fol­low­ing a strong rolling maul for his first try of the day, with Volavola adding the ex­tras.

Spirit prop Alec Hep­burn crossed for his maiden NRC try, with con­sis­tent pres­sure on the Rams de­fence en­abling him to break through and dive over un­der the posts.

Cap­tain Ian Prior added the ex­tras to nar­row the gap to two points be­fore he com­bined with fly­half Zack Holmes to take a 16-10 lead. As the half-time siren sounded, the Spirit ex­tended their lead to 2110 when they moved the ball from side­line to side­line from the back of a li­ne­out, to send full­back Dil­lyn Leyds over for his fourth try of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Perth Spirit con­tin­ued to fight and with just a few min­utes on the clock, the WA side took the li­ne­out 5m from the Rams line and sent it across field to Va’a Mailei, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the over­lap to go over un­con­tested.

The Spirit had pos­ses­sion within the op­po­si­tion 22 but when the Rams turned it over that was the end of the match.

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