Nedlands back in winning form
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.