UNI UP­SETS NED­LANDS TO CLAIM CUP

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

THE Univer­sity of WA up­set Ned­lands 20-19 in Satur­day's Belt Up Match of the Round in the Premier Grade to claim the Mike Denton Tro­phy and Rug­byWA Cup.

Ned­lands, with 13 con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries, led 19-7 at half­time be­fore UWA, led by flanker and man of the match Richard Hard­wick, scored 13 unan­swered sec­ond-half points to steal the one-point vic­tory.

UWA opened the scor­ing against the run of play in the open­ing min­utes when out­side cen­tre Ben Tay­lor in­ter­cepted a Ned­lands pass to race away for an early 7-0 lead.

Ned­lands re­sponded when prop Joe Ritchie broke the line from 40 me­tres to off­load to Dy­lan Lover­sidge to score, be­fore Ritchie again broke through to dot down for one of his own for a 14-7 lead.

The visi­tors added their third try on the stroke of half-time when winger Kauri Cudd crossed in the cor­ner for a 19-7 lead.

Hard­wick started the UWA come­back two min­utes into the sec­ond half with a su­perb in­di­vid­ual try be­fore winger Levon Kvas-Roth­well, who con­verted the try, then added a penalty goal to bring his side to within two points at 19-17.

A Hard­wick charge with five min­utes re­main­ing drew the penalty, and al­lowed Kvas-Roth­well to knock the ball over for a 20-19 vic­tory.

In­sur­ance Com­mis­sion of WA sec­re­tary Kane Blackman and man of the match Richard Hard­wick.

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