Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Fraser Smith

AS­SO­CI­ATES have fallen to Palmyra in a hard-fought four-point 29-25 re­sult at Allen Park on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

In a see­saw­ing con­test that saw five lead changes, Palmyra made the most of their op­por­tu­ni­ties, run­ning in four tries to three to notch up a bonus-point vic­tory.

Palmyra came out fir­ing, with prop Tuhoe Ma­haki muscling over the line for the first score of the af­ter­noon to put the visi­tors up 7-0.

As­so­ci­ates drew a penalty on their first at­tack­ing pos­ses­sion of the match, with Matt Dreyer knock­ing it over for the home side to stay in touch.

‘Paly’ con­tin­ued their early dom­i­nance, run­ning in their sec­ond try of the first 20 min­utes through One­hunga Kau­fusi, hand­ing the visi­tors a nine-point lead, be­fore ‘Soaks’ re­sponded through Dean Tay­lorMen­zies, with Dreyer’s con­ver­sion clos­ing the gap to seven points. Dreyer knocked over a penalty on the stroke of half-time to go into the sheds trail­ing 15-11.

As­so­ci­ates picked up where they left off af­ter the break, with Justin Turner slip­ping down the left wing to put his side in front for the first time in the match at 18-15.

How­ever, Paly hit straight back with their third try of the af­ter­noon through the sheer pace of Kamhata, who split two de­fend­ers to score next to the up­rights, as Palmyra wres­tled the lead back.

The tries con­tin­ued to flow, as As­so­ci­ates struck back through Rob­bie In­gram to re-es­tab­lish Soaks’ three-point lead.

With time tick­ing down, Palmyra ex­e­cuted a five-man li­ne­out to per­fec­tion and found James Simp­son wait­ing in mid­field, who barged over, with Jurisich’s con­ver­sion fi­nal­is­ing the 29-25 re­sult.

In the week­end’s other re­sults, Cottes­loe were too strong for Joon­dalup, 65-33; Ned­lands over­pow­ered Perth Bayswa­ter, 64-12; Kala­munda de­feated UWA, 25-6; and Wests Scar­bor­ough out­matched Wan­neroo, 45-7.

Palmyra 29 (Tuhoe Ma­haki, One­hunga Kau­fusi, Panashe Kamhata, James Simp­son tries; Sam Jurisich 3 con­ver­sions, penalty goal) de­feated As­so­ci­ates 25 (Dean Tay­lorMen­zies, Justin Turner, Rob­bie In­gram tries; Matt Dreyer 2 con­ver­sions, 2 penal­ties)

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