Wests con­tinue to dom­i­nate

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sports - Fraser Smith

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.

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