Port Kembla overpower Stingrays

Blacks' Richard Pollard. Photo: DAVID HALL

Blacks' Richard Pollard. Photo: DAVID HALL

PORT Kembla chalked up their sixth win of the season on Sunday, when they defeated the Stingrays of Shellharbour 32-14 at Noel Mulligan Oval.

It took 18 minutes before the match’s first points were scored, as Joe Drodrolagi barged over for Port’s first, which was converted by five-eighth Mitch Rosser, for a 6-nil lead.

The visitors hit back five minutes later, when Akuila Saukuru dived over in the corner, but Hamish McLaurin failed to convert, leaving it at 6-4.

Three minutes after conceding, the hosts were in for their second, as Dylan Weatherall scored from the Daryl Millard basketball pass.

Rosser failed to add the extra, as the score remained 10-4.

The final 10 minutes of the first half was a flurry, with both teams having numerous chances to score, but only the visitors managed to do so.

United States centre Brandon Anderson found himself on the end of some slick passing to score his team’s second, before McLaurin converted to level the score, 10-all at the break.

Following the resumption, it was again the hosts who scored first – Richard Pollard crashed over under the sticks before Rosser slotted the goal to give his side a six-point lead.

The lead was doubled in the 56th minute when Port’s Shadi Elhage gathered the ball off a deflection off the goal post pads to score.

Rosser landed his third conversion for the afternoon, as the hosts led by 12.

The Stingrays wouldn’t go away though, hitting back with a try of their own in the 58th minute through Alphonso Pyne.

McLaurin failed with his conversion and the Stingrays trialled by eight.

The two converted try buffer was restored in the 61st minute when half Mark Simon.

The match was put to bed in the 73rd minute when Simon scored his second of the afternoon, after being put into a hole by forward Peni Botiki.

Rosser converted making it 32-14, which is how it ended.

In the win, the hosts were best served by two-try hero Simon, forward Bokiti and Millard, while Gray and McLaurin did what they could for the Rays.