Rays har­bour all the an­swers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Drive Way - Fraser Smith

THE Perth Spirit have fallen to the North Har­bour Rays 45-26 in their open­ing home match of the 2015 NRC sea­son at McGil­livray Oval on Satur­day. De­spite two tries from UWA’s Richard Hard­wick, it was not enough for the Spirit.

Ned­lands prop Jer­maine Ains­ley, who’d won a premier­ship with the fore­shore club on the same ground just a week ear­lier, was named man of the match.

Af­ter dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory in the open­ing 15 min­utes, the Spirit opened the scor­ing through Hard­wick at the back of a rolling maul for an 8-0 lead.

The Rays fought back with a con­verted try of their own to level the scores at 8-all, be­fore As­so­ci­ates cen­tre Kyle God­win put Se­vu­loni Mo­ce­nacagi away in the cor­ner.

The visi­tors crossed for two tries to take a 21-13 lead into the break, be­fore adding another af­ter half-time to ex­tend their lead to 29-18.

With the mo­men­tum shift­ing, the Spirit swung the ball from one wing to the other, with Hale School­boy Nick Jooste find­ing Joon­dalup’s Maaa­longa Kone­lio to score for his maiden try.

But sens­ing the change of mo­men­tum, the Rays charged deep into the Spirit 22 be­fore Lawrance Hunt­ing drove over the try-line, be­fore adding another through Harry Rorke to fi­nalise the 45-26 re­sult.

The Spirit will travel to Syd­ney to take on the Syd­ney Stars on Satur­day, be­fore re­turn­ing to McGil­livray Oval to face the UC Vik­ings on Satur­day, Septem­ber 12.

North Har­bour Rays 45 (Boyd Killing­worth 2, Harry Rorke, Alex Northam, Josh Holmes tries; Hamish An­gus 5 con­ver­sions) de­feated Perth Spirit 26 (Richard Hard­wick 2, Maa­longa Kone­lio, Se­vu­loni Mo­ce­nacagi tries; Ian Prior, Al­bert Nikoro con­ver­sions)

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