NEDLANDS SCORE 10TH STRAIGHT WIN
NEDLANDS successfully defended the RugbyWA Cup and notched up their 10th consecutive win with a commanding 22-5 victory over Kalamunda in testing conditions at the foreshore yesterday.
Points were hard to come by in the wet, with Nedlands taking a slender 30 lead into the break. With the rain coming to a halt in the second half, Nedlands moved back to their attacking rugby, running in three tries to one for a comfortable victory.
Nedlands coach Luke Doherty said he was happy with his side’s response after such a low-scoring first half.
“It was a really tough game in tough conditions,” he said.
“At 3-0 at half-time, we challenged the boys and they went out there and implemented it, which is really pleasing.
“The wet weather got the forwards involved a bit more than they usually are which was good for them, but in saying that I thought the backs performed well again today when it opened up in the second half.”
Pouring rain in the first half limited scoring to a Jese Toto penalty for the only points of the half.
With conditions drying up in the second half, Nedlands came out on the front foot.
Following a scrum 40m out, Nedlands scrumhalf Michael Ruru set up halves partner Jese Toto to dive over in the corner before they backed it up when Liam van der Westhuizen scored, with Kauri Cudd converting both tries to extend the score to 17-0.
With the Bulls on the ropes, the Nedlands forwards rumbled the ball up again before Ruru darted around the edge of the ruck to score his side’s third of the match.
Determined to fight to the final whistle, Leo Auvaa picked up from the back of a scrum to barge over and finalise the 22-5 result.
In yesterday’s other results, Wanneroo upset Associates 18-21; Palmyra accounted for Cottesloe 228; Joondalup were too strong for Perth Bayswater 41-10; and Wests got over the line against UWA 19-18.