Nedlands climb to top of ladder
NEDLANDS have ended Wests Scarborough’s 11-match undefeated run and climbed to the top of the Premier Grade ladder for the first time this season, with an authoritative 29-13 victory at Bennett Park last Sunday.
Nedlands coach Luke Doherty said he was happy with his side’s performance against a quality Boars line-up.
“We are very pleased, mainly because we put a plan in place on Tuesday night and the boys stuck to it, and as a coach it is always great to see the work from the training track translate to the field.”
The Boars came out with intent in the opening five minutes, with the Western Force’s Kane Koteka falling over the line from a rolling maul for a 7-0 lead.
Nedlands scrumhalf Michael Ruru then set up Dylan Loversidge for the first of his two tries to level the scores, before Ruru sold a dummy to cross for a try of his own, with Ian Prior adding the conversion and a penalty goal for a 10-17 lead.
Loversidge barged over for his second, before Alatimu added a penalty on the stroke of half-time to make the gap 22-13.
Nedlands withstood the early second-half attacking onslaught from the home side and marched down to the other end to score their fourth of the afternoon through a Danny Hartwell pick-and-drive to notch up a four-try bonus point.
Prior converted to close the game out, 29-13.
In other results, UWA overcame Associates 14-11; Palmyra outclassed Wanneroo 41-5; Cottesloe were too good for Perth Bayswater 68-5.