Res­o­lute Cott beats Joon­dalup

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training & Education - El­liot Raiter

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.

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