Gulls put it all to­gether for win

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway - Fraser Smith

COTTESLOE capped off Ladies Day with a com­mand­ing 40-10 vic­tory over As­so­ciates in the ‘Bat­tle of Broome Street’ in the Rugby WA Premier Grade at Har­vey Field last week­end.

The Gulls put in their strong­est per­for­mance of the sea­son, run­ning in six tries to one for the com­pre­hen­sive win.

Cottesloe skip­per Kieran Stringer said he was proud of his team’s ef­fort from start to fin­ish.

“The first five weeks of the sea­son we have sort of played well in patches, but haven’t been able to put it all to­gether for 80 minute, un­til now.

“I think the most pleas­ing thing was our de­fence to­day. Our at­tack has been go­ing OK so far, but to hold them to just 10 points was a re­ally good ef­fort from the boys.”

Cottesloe weath­ered an early storm from As­so­ciates to even­tu­ally get down the other end and open the scor­ing through Charl Nieuwen­huis, who picked up from the base of the ruck to barge his way over.

The scrumhalf then con­verted his own ef­fort to give the Gulls an early 7-0 lead.

Ill-dis­ci­pline from As­so­ciates handed Cottesloe a chance to ex­tend their lead al­most im­me­di­ately and Nieuwen­huis slot­ted the penalty in blus­tery con­di­tions from 35-out to ex­tended the lead to 10 points.

Cottesloe lock Damien Car­ley was yel­low-carded for re­peated in­fringe­ments and As­so­ciates made the most of the ex­tra man, with Ti­mothy Broux scoop­ing up a loose ball 40m from the line to charge in un­der the posts.

Damian El­ton made light work of the con­ver­sion to close the gap to 10-7.

Cottesloe re­sponded as Nieuwen­huis slot­ted his sec­ond penalty of the af­ter­noon to push the lead out to six points.

Cottesloe con­tin­ued to con­trol territory and pos­ses­sion and Oli Hoskins barged his way over the line for Cottesloe’s sec­ond of the con­test.

Nieuwen­huis con­tin­ued his good form with the boot to have the Gulls lead­ing 20-7.

As­so­ciates built some pres­sure to­wards half-time, but were un­able to cap­i­talise as the home side took a 13point buffer into the break.

Play­ing into the wind, Cottesloe kept the ball in hand and were able to find Ivan Wright in space down the left wing and the young speed­ster fin­ished with ease to touch down in the corner.

The missed con­ver­sion left the score at 25-7.

As they looked to get back into the game, As­so­ciates opted for a penalty di­rectly in front just 15m from the line and closed the gap to 25-10.

Cottesloe con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate with ball in hand as a strong carry from Alis­tair Hain­ing got the Gulls on the front foot be­fore they swung the ball out to left to find blind­side flanker Dy­lan Pi­etr­erse who mus­cled his way over to put the score out to 30-10.

Go­ing on the at­tack again, Cott found a gap in the As­so­ciates line and put the ball through the hands be­fore even­tu­ally find­ing Oli Hoskins float­ing on the right touch­line and the big man cruised over for his sec­ond and Cottesloe’s fifth of the match.

In the shad­ows of full-time, Cottesloe com­pounded the agony of Soaks as To­bias Hoskins drew the As­so­ciates de­fence be­fore of­fload­ing for Ivan Wright to go over for his sec­ond and fi­nalise the re­sult 40-10.

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