THREE tries to winger Pio Seci in the opening twenty minutes gave the Atherton Roosters a perfect start on their way to victory over the Edmonton Storm in Sunday’s Cairns District Rugby League match at Petersen Park.
The Roosters ran in five tries in their 34-16 win and led 24-6 at the break. The Roosters were again missing several of their regular first grade stars as the club battles a hefty injury toll.
A top five finish and a spot in the finals is now secured following Sunday’s win by the Roosters. Coach Graham Clark said he expected a tough contest on Sunday and was happy with the result.
“With our present injury worries we had to pull several players up from our lower grades and it was a great effort,” Clark said.
“Storm are a better team than what their position on the points table tells so we really had to dig deep.”
Roosters forwards Luke La Rosa and James Clark and centre Willem Foster are all out for the season with injuries.
“There is a few other players expected back from injury over the next couple of weeks which will be in time for the finals,” Clark said.
In Sunday’s reserve grade match, the Roosters won over Edmonton 22-18 after being behind for most of the game. Edmonton defeated the Roosters 40-12 in the under 18 game.
The Senior Roosters host] their final 2019 home game against Innisfail at Atherton’s Mungalli Creek Dairy Stadium this Saturday.