DESPITE carrying a 10-point lead into three-quarter time, Romsey were unable to finish the job, going down to Rupertswood by four points in the Redbacks’ RDFNL opener.

Rupertswood got the jump on Romsey at home in the first term, taking an 11-point lead into quarter time.

Romsey responded by kicking 5.1.31 in the second term to Rupo’s three straight.

The Redbacks extended the lead out to 10 points with a 4.6.30 to 3.4.22 third quarter but fell short as Rupertswood came home strong, booting 5.4.34 in the final term to pull the rug out from under Romsey.

Mitchell Jensen kicked six goals in his best-on-ground debut for Romsey while Jack O’Sullivan kicked three.

Romsey coach Corey O’Sullivan said it was a disappointing loss after being in the box seat with 10 minutes left.

“We made some silly decisions that good sides like Rupo capitalise on, they made us pay for them and in the end we paid pretty heavily,” he said.

“You could tell early that Rupo were a little more match hardened but as the game wore on we hit our straps.

“To beat a side like Rupo at home, it takes everyone to contribute and I think we had that on the day but we just didn’t get the result.”

Rupertswood 16.10.106 def Romsey 15.12.102

RUPERTSWOOD
Goal Kickers: N. Grigg 6, C. McRorie 4, T. Podolczak 3, M. Knight 2, M. Smith
Best Players: C. McRorie, N. Grigg, M. Knight, L. Cannon, L. Muir, M. Smith

ROMSEY
Goal Kickers: M. Jensen 6, J. O”Sullivan 3, M. Burkett 2, J. Caruana, N. Rayment, C. Burkett, J. Mills
Best Players: M. Jensen, J. O”Sullivan, R. Wood, M. Burkett, J. Caruana, N. Blair