PORTLAND has slumped to its second loss of the season, after a youthful South Warrnambool outfit upset the odds by running out 12-point winners at the Friendly Societies Park.
The Tigers were the better side of the first quarter, booting three of the first four goals and applying relentless tackling pressure in what was a scrappy encounter.
Key forward Nathan Haylock put the Tigers ahead early in the first term, after a skilful breakaway from counterpart Beau Bentley found the chest of the big man with ease, before Haylock slotted home from 30 metres.
Former Magarey Medal recipient Luke Crane was also among the best in the opening half, adding to the misery of the Roosters with four well-taken goals and a ceaseless presence in the packs.
His liveliness and energy was matched only by South debutant Kyden Jarvis, who provided the only real spark of the Roosters’ first quarter with a sparkling run and goal after a tap down in the forward pocket.
The freezing north-westerly wind that greeted play early in the second term corresponded with a shift in momentum as South began to display some of the high tackling pressure that had been so successful for Portland earlier on.
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