Will Lousick scores four tries in Western Rams' loss

STAR OF THE SHOW: Will Lousick scored four tries for the Rams on Sunday but his side still fell short. Photo: NICK McGRATH
STAR OF THE SHOW: Will Lousick scored four tries for the Rams on Sunday but his side still fell short. Photo: NICK McGRATH

When your best player scores four tries in one game, you're normally going to come out on top.

Unfortunately for Cameron Greenhalgh's under 23's side, a Will Lousick clinic wasn't enough to give the men in green a win over the South Coast Dragons on Sunday.

The Rams fell to a 30-22 loss, ending their country championships campaign, but Wellington Cowboys star Lousick boosted his own chances of a NSW Country jersey with a scintillating display.

Lousick got the Rams on the board first and grabbed his second try to level things up after the hosts scored twice.

Tom Angel and Joe Dickson then scored for the Dragons to make it a 22-12 lead for the Dragons at the break.

Lousick completed his hat-trick early in the second stanza after a break from deep in the Rams own end to cut the margin back to a single converted try.

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He followed up some similarly impressive lead-up work from new Wellington teammate Jesse Wighton to grab his fourth try and draw level at 22-all midway through the half. Willis steadied with a key penalty goal before Angel sealed the win with his second try with four minutes left.

Jess Skinner's women's side produced a last-gasp, 18-16 win over the Dragons but ultimately, faced the same outcome as Greenhalgh's outfit, bowing out of the tournament with a one-one record after a hot and cold campaign.

The women played with desperation from the outset, shooting to a 14-nil lead in the first half before the home side scored 16 unanswered points, taking all the momentum that was on offer.

It looked as though the women in green would suffer their second loss of the tournament before an Illawarra error saw Chloe White capitalise on field position as they hung on for a nail-biting victory.

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