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18 July, 2022

Kangaroos take down Roosters

KANGAROOS have handed the Atherton Roosters their third straight defeat in a hard fought 32- 24 victory at Vico Oval on Sunday afternoon.


Roosters Nick Pratten at Vico Oval on Sunday afternoon.
Roosters Nick Pratten at Vico Oval on Sunday afternoon.

In the end, Kangaroos outscored the Roosters six tries to five to remain in contention for a finals spot while the loss has dropped the former ladder leading Roosters back to fourth position on the FNQ rugby league first grade points table. 

After setting up a comfortable early lead, the Roosters intensity dropped off allowing Kangaroos to kickstart their way into the match. 

The Roosters pressured Kangaroos line in the opening minutes of play and struck first in the 10th minute when forward James Clark scored to take a 4-0 lead. 

Five minutes later, they were in again, when Connor Griffin went over and another to Nathan Curcio soon after gave the Roosters a handy 14-0 lead a the 25th minute. 

However, the next forty minutes was all Kangaroos as they delivered 28 unanswered points and led 28-14 at the 65th minute. 

The Roosters fought back with tries to Glenn Dumbrell and a second to Nathan Curcio which closed the gap to 28-24 before a sixth to Kangaroos on the final siren sealed the eight point win. 

This Sunday the Senior Roosters play Brothers at Williams Park, Cairns. 

Meanwhile the Mareeba Gladiators travelled down to Cairns on Sunday to face off against Brothers, taking a massive 46-14 loss. 

The home side showed their dominance as they scored triple the amount of tries than the Gladiators, nine tries to just three. 

The Gladiators will now travel away to Mossman this Saturday to take on the Sharks.

Mossman head the points table on 24 followed by Brothers 22, Innisfail 22, Atherton 20, Kangaroos 20, Ivanhoes 18, Yarrabah 12, Suburbs 10, Tully 8, Mareeba 6, Edmonton 0. 

The Atherton Roosters under 18 side have crashed to their first defeat in 2022 after going down 48-12 to Kangaroos on Sunday.

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