Rays trump the Aces in Carrara
Article Published: Sunday 26 August 2007
Edited by: Sports Digital Media
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The Central Coast Rays thrashed the Wast Coast Aces 44-15 in the third round of the ARC in Carrara on Sunday, their maiden tournament win.
Having recorded only two close defeats in their previous matches, the joy at finally breaking their duck was as palpable as the win was emphatic.
The Aces, weakened by the losses of cente Lloyd Johansson, fly-half Ben Lucas and number eight Josh Afu, slumped to a second straight defeat, however.
There was a welcome return to form for Waratahs full-back Peter Hewat for the Rays. Hewat, still embroiled in a contract release row with the ARU, kicked six from eight and scored a try in an outstanding display.
The turning point, as has often been in this tournament, was a yellow card shown to Aces wing Henari Veratau for punching. During the ten minutes Veratau was off the pitch, Hewat inspired three tries for the Rays, scoring the first himself.
The Aces had started the better team, and built up a 15-7 lead through tries by 18-year-old forward Rob Simmons and Tama Tuirirangi,
But Hewat was unstoppable once the Rays had the numerical advantage and five minutes later stood up AJ Gilbert in the midfield before dishing off a pass to Sam Norton-Knight who outpaced Walker to cross with ease.
Then, with Veratau still to return to the action, Rays number eight Jason Peseta went over following great build-up work by giant prop Aaron Tawera to secure the Central Coast a much-needed bonus point before the interval, with the scores at 26-15.
Hewat landed a penalty soon after the break to create some breathing space for the visitors, and replacement David Harvey dotted down for a brace late on to make the win convincing.
For the Aces:
Tries: Tuirirangi, Simmons
For the Rays:
Tries: Harvey 2, Peseta, Norton-Knight, Macey, Hewat
Cons: Hewat 4
Pens: Hewat 2
East Coast Aces: 15 Andrew Walker, 14 Marshall Milroy, 13 Charlie Fetoai, 12 Waitai Walker, 11 Henari Veratau, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nic Berry (captain), 8 Ben Mowen, 7 AJ Gilbert, 6 James Kriukelis, 5 Luke Caughley, 4 Will Munsie, 3 Rodney Blake, 2 Ole Avei, 1 Tama Tuirirangi.
Replacements: 16 Jade Ingham, 17 Ben Coutts, 18 Bo Paraha, 19 Dan Ese, 20 Sam Batty, 21 Brett Stapleton, 22 John Dart.
Central Coast Rays: 15 Peter Hewat, 14 Andrew Smith, 13 Ben Jacobs, 12 Sam Harris, 11 Jordan Macey, 10 Sam Norton-Knight, 9 Brett Sheehan, 8 Jason Peseta, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Ross Duncan, 5 Chris Thomson, 4 Cameron Treloar (captain), 3 Aaron Tawera, 2 Al Manning, 1 Nick Lah.
Replacements: 16 Alex Gluth, 17 Ofa Fainga'anuku, 18 John Adams, 19 Nifo Nifo, 20 David Harvey, 21 Villiame Ratu, 22 Jye Mullane.
Referee: Simon Moore
Touch judges: Geoff Acton, Craig Hills
Assessor: Ian Scotney
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