Rugby: Cottesloe hand Kalamunda 52-0 belting

Oh the pain: Cottesloe trounced Kalamunda 52-0.
Oh the pain: Cottesloe trounced Kalamunda 52-0.

COTTESLOE has ended their season on a high, belting Kalamunda 52-0 at Hartfield Park.

The Gulls entered round 18 needing a bonus point victory to have any chance of sneaking into the semi finals and despite securing the bonus point win, Associates’ upset victory over Palmyra has denied Cottesloe finals football.

Cott opened the contest strongly with a try straight off the bat.

Scrum half Charl Nieuwenhuis managed to convert taking the score to 7-0 in the first 10 minutes of the game.

Showing their intent to dominate early, Gulls’ No. 6 Tobias Hoskins carried strongly to score Cottesloe’s second try of the game with Nieuwenhuis converting to take the score to 14-0 at the 20-minute mark.

The Bulls failed to seize their opportunity to retaliate with a penalty call seeing them hand over the ball to a dominant defensive Cottesloe side.

At the 25 minute mark, Cottesloe prop Kaisa Reidy burst through the middle of the Kala defence to take the ball across the line and score the Gulls’ third try of the match.

Nieuwenhuis failed to convert leaving the score 19-0.

Feeling the pressure Kalamunda’s No. 13 Kiti Nairube received a yellow card for a late tackle forcing the men in red and black to play a man down for the remainder of the first half.

Numerous turnovers and penalties hounded the Kalamunda side and Cottesloe hooker John Monk took full advantage to score Cott’s fourth of the match with the conversion handing the visitors a 26-0 buffer at the halftime break.

After surviving some sustained pressure from Kala to start the second half, Cottesloe turned defence into attack as young backrower Carlo Tizzano scored his maiden Premier Grade try.

Nieuwenhuis made no mistake to extend the lead.

The flood gates had opened by the 65th minute with another converted try from Cottesloe taking the scoreline to 40-0.

With the bonus point already secured Cottesloe continue the assault remaining ruthless to the very end.

Reidy’s second of the match along with five pointers from Nieuwenhuis and the competition’s top try scorer Ali Haining put an exclamation mark on a dominating 52-0 victory.

In other matches Wests Scarborough defeated Joondalup 38-24, Associates beat Palmyra 30-25, Perth Bayswater had a 45-13 win over UWA and Nedlands defeated Wanneroo 46-10.