Gulls continue flying start to 2013

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By Rugby WA Media


Cottesloe’s undefeated start to the Pindan Premier Grade season continued last night at Tompkins Park, as the Gulls overcame two yellow cards and a physical Palmyra to run out 17-3 victors in the match of the round.
While little could separate the two sides in the first term with the visitors holding a 7-0 lead, before adding another try in the second half to help them to the 14-point win. The triumph consolidates Cottesloe’s standing on the top rung of the competition ladder on 24 points despite Nedlands yet to play Rockingham this afternoon.
Gulls coach Ian Fowler was ecstatic with the effort but thought his side left points out on the field.
“You can’t fault our blokes’ endeavour, we had a red hot go every time we had the ball,” he said.
“We probably weren’t patient enough, we had opportunities to score more points but we probably tried a bit too hard.”
Pally boss Dave Ball rued missed opportunities but said his side was able to take plenty of positives from the match.
“We missed nine points from kicks at goal which would have made it a bit better but I’m pleased with the effort of the boys tonight, we played a very good side,” he said.
“The lineout was a drama, that stopped us securing field position and we couldn’t really launch an attack thereafter, so that’s a disappointing aspect of tonight’s game.”
Cottesloe and Emirates Western Force flyhalf Sam Christie opened the scoring on the 10-minute mark with a superb individual effort, stepping inside and fending off the Palmyra defence to score under the posts. Ed Melville added the easiest of extras to give the visitors a 7-0 lead.
While Palmyra created first half opportunities, two missed penalty goals and several broken down set piece plays saw the teams go to the sheds at half time with the score at 7-0.
A minute in to the second half Cott back-rower Chris Walker was sin-binned for foul play, however, the home side was unable to capitalise with another missed Jurisich penalty goal all Pally had to show for the numerical advantage.
Replacement Adam Kennedy opened the home side’s account on the hour mark with a penalty goal, bringing the home crowd to life with Palmyra trailing by four points with 20 minutes remaining.
When referee Graham Cooper reached for his pocket a second time, Cottesloe lost captain Jarrett Budworth to the sin bin for repeated infringements.
The man down didn’t faze the Gulls, with Ross Haylett-Petty running onto a short ball from scrumhalf Ryan Louwrens to dive over the try line next to the ruck. Christie converted before adding a penalty goal on full time to give Cottesloe the 14-point win.
The remainder of the round will be completed this afternoon when Wanneroo host Kalamunda at Kingsway Reserve, Wests Scarborough travels to Morley to face Perth Bayswater, and Rockingham and Nedlands square off at Port Kennedy.

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