Stu­dents re­claim Cup in up­set win

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Community Classifieds - Luke Wor­thing­ton

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.

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