THE Atherton Roosters have announced they are one of the better contenders in this years finals race following Saturday nights 26-16 win over Cairns Brothers at the Mungalli Creek Dairy Stadium.
After going into the game minus a few of their regular stars, the Roosters showed plenty of grit as they were forced to play the second half with twelve men.
Forward Lachlan Payne was sent off five minutes from the break and the Roosters were booked for an extra effort in the final session.
After leading 14-4 at the break, the Roosters went onto to produce a outstanding performance much to the delight of their local crowd.
Brothers did get first points soon after the restart which closed the gap to 14-10 but the Roosters were soon back in control when Kobe Martin went over. Winger Pio Seci followed with a try soon after and the Roosters were now well on top of their opposition.
The Roosters under 18 were also involved in a high quality match and took the points over Brothers 36-30. Centre Darcy Gillespie starred with three tries while Keyarn Porter grabbed a double.
In reserve grade, the Roosters were full of mistakes and went down to Brothers 26-12.
The Cairns District Rugby League premiership points tables after 16 games.
First Grade – Mossman 22, Yarrabah 22, Innisfail 21, Atherton 18, Brothers 18, Suburbs 14, Kangaroos 13, Ivanhoes 13, Edmonton
10, Mareeba 8, Tully 1.
Reserve Grade – Yarrabah 20, Innisfail 19, Atherton 17, Mossman 16, Brothers 16, Tully 16, Mareeba 14, Suburbs 14, Kangaroos 13, Edmonton 10, Ivanhoes 5.
Under 18 – Ivanhoes 29, Brothers 24, Edmonton 22, Innisfail 21, Atherton 20 Yarrabah 14, Kangaroos 12, Suburbs 8, Mareeba 6, Tully 1, Mossman 1.
This Sunday the Atherton Roosters play Edmonton Storm at Petersen Park.