NED­LANDS SCORE 10TH STRAIGHT WIN

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Nick Smith

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.

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