COTTESLOE was dominant from start to end in the ‘Battle of Broome Street’, downing Associates 35-10 at the ‘Nest’ on Saturday during round 4 of the Premier Grade competition.
A free-flowing game ensured throughout, with windy conditions creating some difficulty for players.
Cott started impressively to manage a penalty from the kick off, with Peter Grant slamming home the points to take a 3-0 lead early.
Within the first 15 minutes the fixture was played in Soaks defensive half, with the penalty count beginning to take its toll.
Another setpiece from a scrum saw Alistair Haining blaze over, with the number 13 avoiding several defenders to cross over.
Despite being down 15-0, Soaks continued to fight deep into the first half with skipper Dean Taylor-|Menzies playing on quickly from a penalty, catching the Gull defenders off-guard and crossing over for an easy try.
At half-time the visitors had been outplayed but looked in the contest, with a 15-7 Gulls lead at the break.
Both sides traded penalties early resulting in three points to each side, with the game turning into a gritty contest 10 minutes into the second half.
From there, the Gulls released the shackles with scintillating attacking rugby turning the fixture into a blowout in the home side’s favour.
A terrific kick from a penalty allowed Zane Herrick to barge over the line following the lineout to extend the lead to 23-10.
Tobias Hoskins then capped off his great game with his own try, pushing off two Soaks tacklers to cross over, putting the game well beyond doubt with two minutes to go.
Future Force product Ben Grant finished off the fixture with a fantastic solo effort, with the Gulls running out 35-10 victors at home.
Gulls coach Alex Stejka was pleased to get the result, with the game always one to look forward to on the Gulls’ calendar.