Students reclaim Cup in upset win
UWA have reclaimed the RugbyWA Cup in the upset victory of the 2016 Premier Grade season, handing tabletoppers Nedlands their first defeat of the season with a 14-7 win at McGillivray Oval.
The Students were able to hold Neddies scoreless through the first half, showing promising signs in both attack and defence and taking an 11-0 lead heading into the halftime break.
Nedlands looked set to bounce back in the second half, however UWA extended their lead with a penalty goal, putting themselves two convert- ed tries above the visitors.
Despite a try from Nedlands winger Brody Lam, the boys from the Foreshore were unable to complete a last-ditch effort to stop UWA walking away victorious in front of their home fans.
UWA opened their scoring after Nedlands were caught infringing at the breakdown, setting up Gareth Walters with an easy penalty shot from 30m out, making it 3-0.
Walters added another three points early in the contest, extending his side’s lead to six points with a kick from directly in front.
UWA ended their strong first-half display with a 40th minute try when the backline did well to work the ball within five metres of the line, allowing the ball to be collected off the back of a breakdown and taken across the line to bolster the Students’ lead.
Gareth Walters was unable to add the extras, which would leave the score at 11-0 heading into halftime.
Nedlands came out in the second half looking to get on the board early, creating chances within five metres of their own try line, but were ultimately unable to convert.
UWA extended their lead with another Walters penalty goal, this time from 35m out, which would put them up 14-0 midway through the first half.
Despite the win, Kalamunda bumped UWA out of their top-four position due to a bonus point victory over Wanneroo. Nedlands still sit on top of the table, holding an advantage of two bonus points over Wests Scarborough.
In the weekend’s other results, Palmyra were too strong for Perth Bayswater 40-5, Wests Scarborough powered through Associates 38-10, Kalamunda got the better of Wanneroo 31-12 and Joondalup upset Cottesloe 15-12.