Brave Pirates narrowly defeated by Western Sydney Academy

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Despite a courageous second half effort the Pirates fell just two points short, losing 24-22 against Western Sydney despite a barnstorming finish.

Pirates Captain Keelyn Tuuta-Edwards showed a worthy performance today, bringing his team back from a disappointing first half.

The Pirates started off the game on a positive note only to have the first try of the game disallowed, before minutes later WS Blues filled their side of the scoreboard with a comfortable 6 points.

After having a try disallowed and conceding early the Pirates looked rattled as West Sydney crossed again to double their advantage after 18 minutes when captain Reid Izzard crossed the line.

Only 2 minutes after the restart West Sydney extended their lead to 16 points as Five Eighth Dillon Khuri locked in the home sides third try.

West Coast hit back through NSW product Tom Johnson to restore the Pirates hope of a comeback, and the try was converted dead in front.

Thoughts of a comeback were put on hold temporarily however as West Sydney crossed over again before half time to lead 20-6 going into the break. 

The Pirates came out looking reinvigorated in the second half and made use of good field position to cut the lead in the 45th minute through Rogers, only to see Trazan Rihia break through the West Sydney line straight from the restart to put the Pirates right back in contention.

West Sydney looked to put the game beyond the Pirates reach as they crossed for an unconverted try with 15 minutes to go, but  Pirates Jake Doubikin took advantage of a well placed kick to put the Pirates within two points.

There was one last chance for the Pirates in the dying stages of the match however a knock on ended their chances of snatching the points, leaving the score at 24-22.

Pirates assistant coach, Brad Hopes, was disheartened with the final score, after witnessing the game full of fumbles.

“We were well away from what we came here expecting to do, to be fair in the second half they came back, “ Hopes said.

“If we held the ball, we would have won the game by 3 or 4 tries. But at least they know, even on a bad day, they can compete.” 

Hopes believes that the boys can step up for the rest of the season and give some of the top teams a run for their money. 

“Play a bit better than that, this isn’t going to get us any wins, but hopefully we can come back and surprise a few sides,” Hopes said.