Associates aim for top three
A TWO-try performance by lock Zane Kader helped Associates beat Joondalup 36-27 on Sunday in Joondalup.
The former club captain returned to the Associates second row after two years away from rugby and was influential in the second half, helping the Swanbourne side seal victory.
The win puts Associates well in contention for a top three finish and they will look to carry on their winning ways to their finals campaign after missing last year’s play-offs.
It was Associates who put first points on the board when Dean Taylor-Menzies scored from metres out before the Brothers responded with two penalties to Johann Louw.
Justin Turner sold a dummy pass to score for a 12-6 half-time lead.
Laione Mulikihaamea opened the second half for Joondalup to steal a one-point lead, but Associates responded with Robbie Ingram and Kader crossing to make it 24-13.
Joondalup closed the gap in the 68th minute with a try to Matt Holland.
While Kader scored his second, the Brothers returned fire when they were awarded a penalty try for an intentional knock down with a fourman, bringing the score to 29-27.
Altus Momsen closed out the match for Associates when the inside centre scored off a backline play from a lineout inside the 22, with his brother converting for a final 36-27 scoreline.