Minor premiership won
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.