Ned­lands back in win­ning form

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training & Education - Fraser Smith

NED­LANDS re­turned to their win­ning ways on Satur­day with a hard­fought 29-26 vic­tory over Cottes­loe at The Fore­shore.

In a phys­i­cal en­counter, Ned­lands over­came a strong Cottes­loe fight­back and kept calm at piv­otal mo­ments to run in four tries to two and es­cape with a three-point vic­tory.

Ned­lands put ‘Cott’ un­der the pump im­me­di­ately as Nei­hana Chris­tian darted down the right wing to open the scor­ing for the af­ter­noon in the first 10 min­utes and take a 7-0 lead.

De­ter­mined to an­swer straight back, the Gulls crossed for their first just min­utes later, cour­tesy of a Sean Martin try, be­fore the two sides then traded penal­ties af­ter pres­sur­ing each other at the break­down to keep the score locked at 10-10.

Spurred on by a vo­cal home crowd, Ned­lands crossed for their sec­ond try through the for­wards, but a Cottes­loe penalty on half-time closed the gap with the visi­tors trail­ing 17-14 at the change of ends.

Cottes­loe scored first in the sec­ond half af­ter Nieuwen­huis put Kieran Stringer over the line as the Gulls snatched the lead back be­fore the scrumhalf then slot­ted a penalty to ex­tend the Gull’s lead to 23-17.

Ned­lands’ Jesse Toto and Dy­lan Lover­sidge then com­bined to storm to dot down un­der the posts for a 24-23 lead be­fore another Nieuwen­huis penalty re­in­stated the Gulls lead.

De­ter­mined to fight to the end, Ned­lands charged down a Cottes­loe kick, re­gained the ball and drove down the blind side to score through the for­wards in the cor­ner for what would prove the match­win­ning try.

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