Wests continue to dominate
WESTS Scarborough has continued its dominant start to the season with a 3515 victory over Palmyra at Bennett Park on Saturday afternoon.
The ‘Pig Pen’ came to life for an afternoon of Premier Grade rugby, complete with a packed clubhouse balcony, live music from a marquee tent and a hometown Wests Scarborough crowd eager to see their first-grade side get the better of a potential top-four contender.
Wests opened the try scoring in the match, getting up to as much as 10-0 before Pally narrowed the gap with a clinical try on the right-wing corner.
The sides continued to trade blows, adding two more tries apiece to round out the first half with Wests leading 17-12.
Palmyra was unable to put up a try in the second half, falling victim to a rampant Boars side that would outscore the visitors 18-3 in the final 40 minutes.
Palmyra put up the first try of the second half, putting themselves within striking distance before Wests ran away with the match, closing out the contest with two second-half tries to secure victory in front of their home crowd.
Wests Scarborough coach Will Anderson said he was pleased with his side’s most well-rounded performance of the 2016 season.
“On a Saturday, it’s about 100 per cent attitude, and today their attitude was spot on,” he said.
A.J. Alatimu opened the scoring early, making light work of a penalty shot to put his side up 3-0.
The Wests forwards were soon rewarded for their hard work through multiple phases, when Angus Taylor swung the ball across to Jarome Leonard-Tekanawa, who found Riley Winter on the right wing, diving across for the first major of the afternoon.
Alatimu added the extras from a sharp angle to put Wests up 10-0.
The visitors answered with seven points of their own only moments later, barrelling through the line of defence to ground the ball near the sideline and halve Wests’ lead to 10- 5 after the missed conversion.
A.J. Alatimu scored the second try of the match for Wests, collecting a slick pass from Taylor near the goal line and exploiting a gap in Palmyra’s defence to run over uncontested.
Adding his own extras, Alatimu put the score at 17-5.
Palmyra closed out the first stanza with a try on the stroke of half-time when fullback Maniehra Eden collected a pass at midfield, pushing it out to Pau Halafihi, who dove into the corner.
Garrard Trevathan added the conversion from a sharp angle, narrowing the gap to 17-12.
The Wests forward pack continued to get the job done, scoring off the set piece when hooker Conan Houkamau followed a rolling maul across the try line, extending the home-side lead to 22-12 after the missed conversion attempt.
Wests’ forward pack continued to get the job done, with the hooker carrying the ball over 5m from the back of a maul to cross the line in the corner and extend the home side’s lead to 10 points.
The score remained the same after the missed conversion by A.J. Alatimu.
Both sides then exchanged penalties, with Garrard Trevathan adding three points for Pally, followed by Alatimu putting the game out of reach and making the score 30-15.
Wests closed out the match with an 80th-minute line break leading to a try, which would end the contest with Wests walking away 35-15 victors.