Casey advance to ISC 9s Semi-Final
By Tate Spiteri
The Casey Warriors have advanced through to the ISC 9s Semi-Final with a 16-10 win over the Sunbury Tigers at AAMI Park on ANZAC Day.
The Warriors who have also started the first grade competition with two wins kept their undefeated start to the year intact with a disciplined performance against a persistent Sunbury.
The Tigers started well and looked right up to the Warriors’ challenge early before star recruit Michael Ki snuck through to give Casey the first try of the game in the 5th minute.
John Makai then loomed dangerous for the Tigers but a strong defensive effort from Casey kept the Tigers at bay.
Following the change over Casey’s Jai Taepa was able to send a brilliant grubber in the direction of Taumasina Pesa for a try right on the Half Time siren that brought with it a cheer from the building crowd.
Victorian U20 representative Chase Aporo then sent the Warriors into Half Time with complete control as his second conversion of the night gave them a 12-0 lead.
After Half-Time exciting youngster Anzac Leava got Sunbury the start they needed with a 12th minute try, but a missed conversion meant the Tigers remained up against it.
Casey captain and double reigning First Grade player of the year Pride Peterson-Robarti then put the game to bed with a 17th minute try to put the Warriors 16-4 up.
Samison Fusi then gave Sunbury some well-deserved scoreboard respect as his late try and conversion cut the final margin down to 6.
The Warriors next opponent will be the competitions surprise packet Pakenham while Doveton will meet Werribee in the other Semi Final.
Both games will be played as a double-header on the 8th of July before the Melbourne Storm’s clash with Parramatta at AAMI Park.
Casey Warriors 16 defeated Sunbury Tigers 10
Casey: Michael Ki (5’), Taumasina Pesa (9’), Pride Peterson-Robarti (17’)
Sunbury: Anzac Leavai (12’), Samison Fusi (18’)
Casey: Chase Aporo 2
Sunbury: Tiaan Wilkins 1