Rocky lack killer instinct

CRAIG JOHNSTONSound Telegraph

Rockingham Rugby Union Football Club’s premier grade side suffered another disappointing loss at the weekend, this time 36-16 at the hands of Palmyra.

While there has been progress, the side is still lacking a killer instinct to capitalise on opportunities.

But the fact that this was the most comfortable they have looked in possession suggests a win may not be far away.

Palmyra’s Western Force winger Jordan Rapana made a big impact in the visitors’ victory.

On a brighter note, Rockingham’s reserve grade side is sitting fifth, just two points from fourth after beating Palmyra 16-14 and are looking strong contenders at this early stage.

A penalty handed Palmyra a 3-0 lead only five minutes after kick-off, but Rockingham evened the score with a penalty of their own following a period of dominant possession.

Palmyra made some good forays into Rockingham’s 22 late in the half, but their efforts were held back by some good defence until they were able to slot a second penalty to be up 6-3.

Early in the second half Rockingham were handed an advantage when Palmyra’s second-rower was shown a yellow card and they capitalised immediately with a converted try to take the lead 10-6.

Rockingham extended the margin with a penalty shortly after the hour mark, before the sides exchanged penalties to take the score to 16-9. The home side did enough to hold off a strong-finishing Palmyra, who scored late to make the final score 16-14.

Third grade backed up last week’s win with a convincing 34-13 result, while fourth grade came close in a much-improved performance, 29-17.

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