Cottes­loe still in with a chance

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Local Classifieds - David Ber­rie

COTTES­LOE have kept their fi­nals hopes alive with a 31-12 Bat­tle of Broome Street win over As­so­ci­ates at Har­vey Field in Cottes­loe on Satur­day.

The Gulls nar­rowly led the con­test 12-7 at half-time, with Soaks still hop­ing to steal a sec­ond half vic­tory, be­fore the Cottes­loe at­tack scored three sec­ond half tries to seal their im­por­tant win.

Cottes­loe coach Ian Fowler said his team were able to come through in what was a vi­tal game to keep their fi­nals hopes alive.

“It was a must win game for us; we have to win both our games to be sure of a spot (in the fi­nals),” he said.

“To get a bonus point win was re­ally nice; Soaks are a re­ally tough side.

“We have faith in our­selves that we can play well and score points against a good side.”

Cottes­loe were dom­i­nant in the open­ing stages of the match, with their phys­i­cal for­ward pack work­ing the ball down the park and putting pres­sure on the Soaks’ de­fen­sive line.

This opened an op­por­tu­nity for Adrian Hall to charge the ball through to score a try off the back of a break­down, putting the home side on the board. Charl Nieuwen­huis con­verted to take an early lead, 7-0.

Soaks re­sponded to the home sides open­ing surge when Tab­bie Du Plessis crossed the line fol­low­ing a rolling maul to the left-hand side of the posts.

Matt Dreyer con­verted the kick, ty­ing the game at 7-7, but An­tini Brown scored the fi­nal points of the first half.

As­so­ci­ates be­gan the sec­ond-half a step be­hind, with their star half­back Justin Turner leav­ing the game af­ter sus­tain­ing a shoul­der in­jury.

Cottes­loe then took con­trol of pos­ses­sion in the sec­ond-half, spend­ing a lot of time in their op­po­nent’s 22, which lead to Rory Crowhen scor­ing off the back of a rolling maul and a con­verted kick ex­tend­ing the lead to 19-7.

Soaks made a late charge to keep their hopes of win­ning alive, with Johnny Ogilvy bust­ing through for a five pointer, putting his side within only seven points of ty­ing up the match.

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