Hat-trick breaks los­ing streak

Western Suburbs Weekly - - State Of Union - Luke Wor­thing­ton

A HAT-TRICK by winger Ro­nan Colleran helped As­so­ciates break their Pre­mier Grade four-game los­ing streak, de­feat­ing Cottes­loe 37-23 at Allen Park.

Both teams lead at dif­fer­ent times, but the home side broke away mid­way through the sec­ond half.

As­so­ciates and West­ern Force fly­half Zack Holmes opened the scor­ing with an early penalty goal be­fore Cottes­loe scrum-half Charl Nieuwen­huis helped set up flanker An­gus Duck­ett for the first try and a 7-3 lead.

Nieuwen­huis or­ches­trated the sec­ond a short time later when he chipped over two de­fend­ers to give flanker Adrian Hall an easy run to the try line, with the Gulls half­back con­vert­ing for an early 14-3 lead af­ter 10 min­utes.

Soaks re­sponded with a slick play off the back of this scrum to nar­row the gap to six points.

Nieuwen­huis added a penalty goal be­fore a try to As­so­ciates scrumhalf Justin Turner and No.8 Al Rovira gave As­so­ciates a 22-17 half-time lead.

Nieuwen­huis opened the sec­ond half scor­ing with two early penalty goals be­fore Ro­nan Colleran crossed for his sec­ond of the day. Holmes con­verted the kick from a sharp an­gle to give Soaks a 29-23 lead at the 55th minute.

Colleran added his third 10 min­utes later with Holmes adding a fi­nal penalty goal to ex­tend the fi­nal re­sult to 37-23.

Pic­tures: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d438199

Fever cap­tain Ash­leigh Brazill starred in cen­tre, but the NSW Swifts proved too strong.

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