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STATE OF UNION NED­LANDS claimed the 2015 Premier Grade premier­ship with a clas­sic 39-27 grand fi­nal win over Wests Scar­bor­ough at McGil­livray Oval on Sun­day.

In a back-and-forth first half, Ned­lands made the most of their op­por­tu­ni­ties, run­ning in three tries to two to take a 24-10 lead at the break.

In a thrilling sec­ond half, Ned­dies – led by a man of the match per­for­mance from No.8 Richard Nay­lor – were able to hold off the fast-fin­ish­ing Boars.

Ned­lands opened the scor­ing with a Kauri Cudd penalty goal, be­fore the Ned­dies winger then crossed for the first try of the con­test and con­verted to hand his side an early 10-0 lead.

Soon af­ter, Nay­lor barged over to ex­tend the ad­van­tage to 17 points.

Sens­ing the pres­sure, Wests Scar­bor­ough re­sponded im­me­di­ately, when Jor­dan Luke touched down in the cor­ner be­fore Jarome Leonard-TeKanawa dived on a grub­bered ball to bring the Boars to within seven points.

Ned­lands had the fi­nal say of the first half when Michael Egan stormed over for his side’s third, with Cudd’s con­ver­sion giv­ing the mi­nor pre­miers a 24-10 half-time lead.

An A.J. Ala­timu penalty opened the scor­ing for Wests in the sec­ond half, be­fore Ned­lands full­back Dy­lan Lover­sidge re­sponded when he stepped in­side to score Ned­lands’ fourth of the af­ter­noon for a 31-13 ad­van­tage.

Wests kept them­selves in the hunt thanks to a con­verted try to Keith An­drews off the back of a rolling maul, be­fore Cudd stead­ied the ship with his sec­ond penalty to push the lead out to 34-20.

Wests Scar­bor­ough’s Marty Camp­bell set up a po­ten­tial grand­stand fin­ish when he in­ter­cepted a pass to score un­der the posts.

But in a whirl­wind pas­sage of play Ned­lands an­swered, as Lover­sidge com­bined with scrumhalf Michael Ruru, who dived over from just a me­tre out to fi­nalise the 39-27 re­sult.

The Premier Grade Premier­ship com­pletes a his­toric tre­ble for the club, with Ned­lands claim­ing the Un­der-19 and Re­serve Grade pre­mier­ships ear­lier in the day.

Pic­tures: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d442457

Top: Jer­maine Ains­ley, Anaru Rangi and Joe Ritche with the Cup. Ned­lands over­came Wests Scar­bor­ough in a pul­sat­ing fi­nal only de­cided late in the game.

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