Ups and downs
PERTH Gold racked up four tries in a lightning 20-minute start to their Telstra Australian Rugby Shield match at Oakes Oval, Lismore, on Saturday night.
Their opponents, the NSW Country Cockatoos, never recovered, eventually going down to the western onslaught 27-12.
It was an opening quarter to remember for Perth Gold, which by virtue of the victory secured a place in the shield final even with one round to go.
Perth Gold led 20-0 at half-time and it took some stirring words from coach Andrew Cox for the Cockatoos to fly into the fray.
They hit back in the 54th minute with a try to openside flanker Ross Duncan.
However, Perth Gold sealed it when centre Tim Davies crossed for his second try.
A consolation try to NSW Country bench player Chris Comerford signalled the end of the encounter and put the finish on a big program of rugby union at Oakes Oval, in which Southern Cross University and Lismore City grade games served as curtain-raisers throughout the day.
Far North Coast Rugby Union executive officer John Drysdale said he was disappointed by the crowd for the game.
PERTH GOLD 27 (Tim Davies 2, Tyler Edwards, Blair Morris, Justin Webster tries; Greg McKenzie conversion) d NSW COUNTRY COCKATOOS 12 (Ross Duncan, Chris Comerford tries; Leith Cooper conversion).