Mi­nor premier­ship won

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local - David Ber­rie

A TWO-try per­for­mance by Joseph Richie has seen Ned­lands se­cure the 2015 Pin­dan Premier Grade mi­nor premier­ship, with an au­thor­i­ta­tive 27-0 vic­tory over Palmyra at Tomp­kins Park on Satur­day.

Ned­lands dom­i­nated ter­ri­tory through­out the en­tire game, never al­low­ing Palmyra to en­ter their 22, while us­ing their phys­i­cal for­ward pack to dom­i­nate the ground game in the blis­ter­ing wind.

Palmyra were lim­ited in their chances to clear the ball from their own 22 in the first half due to the strong wind and the stiff Ned­lands de­fence, which lead to Ned­dies run­ning in five tries to take home the mi­nor premier­ship pen­nant.

Ned­lands as­sis­tant coach Tom Fearn said he was happy with his side’s sea­son, but the mi­nor premier­ship was only half the bat­tle.

“The mi­nor premier­ship is part of it, but at the end of the day the ma­jor premier­ship is the goal,” he said.

“It’s all about build­ing pres­sure, and I don’t think we were that di­rect in the first half with the breeze, and our sup­port lines weren’t di­rect enough ei­ther, but we achieved that in the sec­ond half and got re­warded.”

Fred Ti­tiko even­tu­ally broke the line af­ter nearly 15 min­utes of con­stant at­tack­ing pres­sure in the Palmyra 22.

Ti­tiko broke two tack­les, and used a duke move to beat the fi­nal man and cross the line for five points.

Ned­lands scrum-half Michael Ruru was able to take ad­van­tage of a gap in the Palmyra de­fen­sive line, us­ing his for­ward pack to carry the ball up to the chalk and dive over to fur­ther ex­tend his team’s mar­gin to 10-0 head­ing into half­time.

The sec­ond half be­gan with loose­head prop Joseph Richie scor­ing his first try of the day, pow­er­ing across the line af­ter Ned­lands were able to string to­gether a suc­cess­ful set of pick and goes in­side the five me­tre line, ex­tend­ing their lead to 15-0.

Richard Nay­lor se­cured the bonus point for Ned­lands.

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