Rugby Union: Palmyra no match for Cottesloe in 31-18 defeat

The Joondalup Giants are holding a come and try day on Sunday.
The Joondalup Giants are holding a come and try day on Sunday.

REPEATED handling errors and a lack of composure with ball in hand cost Palmyra in its 31-18 defeat to Cottesloe at Tompkins Park on Saturday.

The Palms’ vaunted defence conceded five tries to the Seagulls but it could easily have been more, Palmyra forced to defend its line for much of the afternoon as it failed to establish any fluency on attack.

Compounding the host’s fumbling issues were a number of disastrous set pieces, particularly line-outs where Palmyra struggled to win its own ball all day.

Pally looked dangerous any time it was able to string a few phases together and send the ball wide but those sequences were too few and far between.

Instead, it was Cottesloe that enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, constantly probing Pally’s defensive line through bruising centre pairing Tobias Hoskins and Alastair Haining.

Cottesloe opened its account within the first two minutes of the game and scored again just before half time to erase an earlier Palmyra try to Panashe Kamhara and take a 12-10 lead into the break.

A well-struck Jared Trevathan penalty directly into the wind gave Palmyra the lead but it was short-lived with Cottesloe dotting down three times in the second half to secure the victory.

Palmyra remains in third, six points ahead of fourth-placed Cottesloe, but now faces a tough run of games, including fixtures against first and second Wests Scarborough and Nedlands in the next three weeks.