Fleet upset Rams
Article Published: Saturday 15 September 2007
Edited by: Sports Digital Media
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The Sydney Fleet caused the upset of the weekend when they beat the Western Sydney Rams 24-17 at the North Sydney Oval on Saturday.
Although the Fleet were playing at home, it was inconceivable that the Rams would lose after a four match winning streak.
It was the Fleet's first win in three games.
Rams full-back Lachlan Turner continued where he left off last week when he opened the scoring in the 10th minute. after backing up a break from fly-half Kurtley Beale.
At that early stage in the game it looked like the Rams would continue their try-scoring form.
The hosts showed great composure and responded with an Alfred Mafi try six minutes later, to put the Fleet back in the game.
With the scores at 7-7 the teams would have been anxious, as both teams struggled to accumulate points for the greater part of the half.
Ben Martin broke the ice in the 30th minute when he scored a penalty for the Rams, putting the visitors back in the lead..
But Fleet stars Morgan Turinui and Tim Davidson dashed the Rams hopes of securing victory with two late first-half tries.
Suddenly, the ARC leaders found themselves on the back-foot going into the break with a 21-10 deficit.
The Rams looked to their dominant forwards for inspiration after the break and it almost paid off, two scrums five meters out from the Fleet line ultimately coming to nothing.
In a mundane second-half, the points were few and far between. The only points of the half came in the dying moments of the game, when full-back Gavin Debartolo securing victory through a 77th minute penalty.
The only highlight for much of the second half was the coming together of flankers Chris Houston (Fleet) and Wil Brame (Rams), which earned them each a yellow card for fighting.
Beale scored the consolation try, which was converted by Martin for the Rams at the death to salvage the bonus point for the visitors.
For Sydney Fleet
Tries Turinui, Davidson, Mafi
Cons Debartolo 3
< Pen Debartolo
For Western Sydney Rams
Tries Turner, Beale
Cons Martin 2
Yellow cards Houston (Fleet, fighting), Brame (Rams, fighting)
Sydney Fleet:15 Gavin Debartolo, 14 Alfred Mafi, 13 Morgan Turinui, 12 Tom Azar, 11 Junior Puroku, 10 Daniel Halangahu, 9 Nathan Sievert, 8 Tim Davidson, 7 Pat McCutcheon, 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Adam Byrnes, 4 Matt Whittleston, 3 Dayna Edwards, 2 Atonio Halangahu, 1 Jeremy Tilse
Replacements:16 Sam Zlatevski, 17 Laurence Weeks, 18 Lachlan McCutcheon, 19 Chris Houston, 20 Danny Kroll, 21 Anton LaVin, 22 Arthur Little
Western Sydney Rams:15 Lachlan Turner, 14 Ben Martin, 13 Rory Sidey, 12 Lachlan Mitchell, 11 Luke Johnson, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Joshua Holmes, 8 Tom Egan, 7 Wil Brame, 6 Hugh Perrett, 5 Van Humphries, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Aaron Broughton-Rouse, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Ben Alexander
Replacements:16Ben Roberts,17 James Lakepa,18 Sam Wykes,19 Marty Wilson,20 David Rimmer, 21 Mark Howell, 22 Fa'atonu Fili
Date Saturday September, 15
Venue North Sydney Oval
Referee: Nathan Pearce
Touch judges: George Ayoub, Bradley Wahl
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