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globalrugbyleague - Sun, 04 Mar 2007 10:40:00 GMT
The Shellharbour Marlins scored their first loss of 2007 on Saturday after Raymond Terrace outplayed the new Jim Beam Cup rookies 26-12 at Telstra Stadium.

The Magpies got off to a great start when centre Gavin Quinn touched down in the 5th minute of play.

But off the back of some hard-hitting defence and an unforced error from Raymond Terrace, Shellharbour replied care of a Jamie Manukonga try in the right corner.

On a hot and sticky day, concentration by both teams was at times lacking during the middle of the first half, resulting in countless handling errors.

Coming off poorly from a short grubber kick, the Magpies were soon behind on the scoreboard when Mohammed Hijazi collected a loose ball to give the Marlins the lead for the first and only time during the clash.

Behind by four with 7 minutes remaining in the opening stanza, the Magpies hit back when they sent Jamie Battie in through the Marlins weak right-side defence.

The first successful conversion of the afternoon from Quinn allowed Terrace to walk into the sheds with a narrow 10-8 lead at half-time.

A horror start in the second half saw the Marlins kick a penalty out on the full before giving away a line drop out minutes later.

Some committed one on one defence however held Raymond Terrace out until the Magpies halfback snatched an intercept and ran 50 metres to score under the sticks, giving them a comfortable 16-8.

A slick four-pointer to Peter Magnone kept the Marlins in the contest until Brad Cranefield made the score unassailable with the final try of the game.

Raymond Terrace won the second half 16-4 with goal kicking proving to be a thorn in the side of the Marlins on a day when there was very little breeze.

Raymond Terrace 26 (B Scholes, B Cranefield, G Quinn & J Battie tries; G Quinn 2/4, K Payne 1 goals defeated Shellharbour Marlins 12 (Mohamed Hijazi, Jamie Manukonga, Peter Magnone tries; ) at Telstra Stadium, Saturday March 3, 2006. - Read More, Here