Vic­tory keeps Cotts hopes up

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Looklocal - El­liot Raiter

COTTES­LOE kept its slim fi­nals hopes alive with a crush­ing 38-13 vic­tory over Joon­dalup at Arena Joon­dalup on Satur­day.

Alis­tair Hain­ing was the stand­out in the clash, with the out­side cen­tre break­ing the game apart to cross over for two tries.

The Gulls started the game in fe­ro­cious fash­ion, pres­sur­ing Joon­dalup with ball in hand and forc­ing plenty of er­rors early.

The penalty count con­tin­ued to haunt Joon­dalup, with a set play from a Cott li­ne­out dou­bling their lead. Matt Hutchins was left un­marked in the cor­ner with the ball spun out to the left, as the 14 crossed to ex­tend the lead to 10-0

Hain­ing then showed his first piece of bril­liance with a sus­tained set of pres­sure leav­ing the Gulls 20 me­tres from their line. The out­side cen­tre con­trolled the phase with a pick and go, evad­ing sev­eral Joon­dalup de­fend­ers be­fore barg­ing over.

The Gulls came out charg­ing in the sec­ond half, with some des­per­ate Broth­ers’ de­fence keep­ing the Gulls at bay early.

Justin Zeits­man pro­vided a rare spark for the hosts, slic­ing through Cott de­fend­ers un­touched to cross un­der the posts and re­duce the mar­gin to 11 points.

Joon­dalup be­gan to ap­ply sus­tained pres­sure, with Cott de­fend­ing sto­ically for long pe­ri­ods, deny­ing the hosts points late in the fix­ture.

Ro­main Roche barged over for his sec­ond try to ice the game in a car­bon copy from his ear­lier ef­fort. Roche was the re­cip­i­ent of a ter­rific Gulls rolling maul, with their pack far too strong for the en­tirety of the con­test.

Hain­ing then pro­ceeded to fin­ish the game in style with a spe­cial solo ef­fort, run­ning the length of the field to se­cure the points for the Gulls. Hain­ing gath­ered the ball from his back 22, push­ing off de­fend­ers at will, be­fore burn­ing past Joon­dalup’s de­fen­sive line to cross for a dou­ble.

Cottes­loe ran out 38-13 win­ners in a dom­i­nant dis­play away from home.

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