Nedlands climb to top of lad­der

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

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.

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