Rays harbour all the answers
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)