As­so­ciates aim for top three

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

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.

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