Resolute Cott beats Joondalup
COTTESLOE secured a narrow 17-10 victory over Joondalup on Saturday at Harvey Field, with a typically stoic defensive second-half effort pushing the side over the line in Premier Grade.
In a spiteful fixture, a crucial red card in the second half to Nick Marsh put the hosts on the back foot, with a number of massive defensive efforts late denying the Brothers the points.
With three minutes remaining, Joondalup looked all but over the line from a scrum. However, a deliberation from the referee and his assistant ruled a knock-on, leading to wild celebrations from the Gulls faithful.
Earlier, both teams traded penalties, with a number of big blows setting the contest alight.
An early error at the maul cost Joondalup, as Chris Eaton slotted home the early penalty to lead 3-0 after 10 minutes.
A line-out 10m out followed, with a brilliantly executed rolling maul seeing Sasha Holloway go over to take the lead out to 10-0 nearing the break.
Johann Louw then hit back for the Brothers, converting a penalty to take the score to 10-3, before Jarek Goebel finished on an end-to-end try from the restart to tie the scores at 10-10.
Three minutes from half-time, Cott again looked dangerous from a set piece, with a lineout falling to Tobias Hoskins who bustled over and the Gulls taking a 17-10 lead into half time.
A scuffle after a penalty at the breakdown saw Nick Marsh shown a red card, reducing the hosts to 14 with 30 minutes to play. With a yellow card reducing Cottesloe to 13 men, the hosts stood strong to record a terrific win at the Nest.
In other round 2 results, Wests Scarborough defeated Associates 46-15, Cottesloe beat Joondalup 1710, Nedlands had a 43-16 win over Perth Bayswater, Palmyra beat UWA 32-13 and Kalamunda defeated Wanneroo 32-25.