UWA in tight 15-12 victory
UWA claimed their sixth win of the season will a nail-biting 15-12 victory over Palmyra at McGillivray Oval last Saturday.
The students worked their way into their match off the back of their dominant scrum, earning four penalties to steal a five-point 12-7 lead at the change of ends.
Palmyra levelled the scores with a late try before UWA knocked over their fifth penalty to claim the four points at the death.
UWA head coach Steve McFarlane said he was happy with his side’s ability to grind out another tough victory.
“I’m pleased we got the win,” McFarlane said.
“I don’t think it was our best performance, but it’s four points and we’ll take it.
“I was really impressed with our set piece; the boys scrummed well and we were good in the lineout, so you have to be happy with that.”
Following an early Levon Kvas Rothwell penalty goal, Palmyra captain Joe Savage drove over for a try from two metres out for a 7-3 lead.
The remainder of the first-half scoring came through the Kvas-Rothwell boot on the back of three further penalties for a 12-7 lead at the break.
Palmyra fought back late in the second half with a Josh Tatupu try but in the last play of the game, UWA scrumhalf Ethan Carlisle broke down the left wing before drawing the penalty with Kvas-Rothwell obliging by knocking over his fifth penalty for a thrilling 15-12 victory.
In other results, Cottesloe overran Wanneroo 43-10, Wests Scarborough were too strong for Joondalup 42-7, Nedlands accounted for Associates 47-24 and Kalamunda were victorious over Perth Bayswater 65-14.