COTTESLOE secured a narrow 17-10 victory over Joondalup on Saturday at Harvey Field, with a typically stoic defensive second half effort pushing the side over the line in Premier Grade.
In a spiteful fixture, a crucial red card in the second half to Nick Marsh put the hosts on the back foot, with a number of massive defensive efforts late denying the Brothers the points.
With three minutes remaining, Joondalup looked all but over the line from a scrum, however a deliberation from the referee and his assistant ruled a knock on, cueing wild celebrations from the Gulls faithful.
Earlier, both teams traded penalties with a number of big blows, setting the contest alight from the outset.
An early error at the maul cost Joondalup, as Chris Eaton slotted home the early penalty to lead 3-0 after 10 minutes.
A lineout 10m out followed and a brilliantly executed rolling maul saw Sasha Holloway go over to take the lead out to 10-0 nearing the break.
Johann Louw then hit back for the Brothers converting a penalty to take the score to 10-3, before Jarek Goebel finished an end-to-end try from the restart to tie the scores at 10-10.
Three minutes from half time, Cott again looked dangerous from a set piece, with a lineout falling to Tobias Hoskins who bustled over, with the Gulls taking a 17-10 lead into half time.
The Gulls applied the pressure early in the second half as Joondalup began to struggle under the attacking nature of the fixture, before a game-changing red card saw Joondalup take the ascendancy.
The spiteful clash erupted in the second half with a scuffle after a penalty at the breakdown saw Nick Marsh shown a red card, reducing the hosts to 14 with 30 minutes to play.
Chances for both sides followed as the game opened up, with handling errors costing each team crucial points as the game neared the conclusion.
With a yellow card reducing Cottesloe to 13 men, the hosts stood strong to record a terrific 17-10 victory at the Nest.
Cottesloe head coach Alex Stajka lamented his side making the victory hard for itself, however he was pleased with the result.
“We put pressure on ourselves, our ball security wasn’t good enough, they just capitalized, the red card didn’t help. But we dug deep in the end and managed to scrape through,” he said.
The Gulls have always struggled in their fixtures against the Brothers, so the win was vital to get their season off to the perfect start.
“It was tough going, we knew it was going to be tough going,” Stajka said.
“They are always our banana skin team, so we knew they were going to come at us this week, we didn’t make it easy for ourselves.”
In other round 2 results, Wests Scarborough defeated Associates 46-15, Nedlands had a 43-16 win over Perth Bayswater, Palmyra beat UWA 32-13 and Kalamunda defeated Wanneroo 32-25.