Wests take on all com­ers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Looklocalwa.com.au - Luke Wor­thing­ton

WESTS Scarborough ex­tended their un­de­feated run to nine, com­plet­ing a sweep of the en­tire Premier Grade com­pe­ti­tion with a 33-28 win over Nedlands in the Match of the Round at Ben­nett Park on the week­end.

Nedlands was able to take the lead in the early stages of the first half on the back of a Chris­tian Nei­hana try, but Wests went into the sheds with the ad­van­tage, sit­ting 2314 af­ter tries from Beau Ri­ley and Louie Toetu.

The sec­ond half saw a dou­ble from Nedlands scrumhalf Michael Ruru, but it would not be enough to over­come a stiff Wests Scarborough out­fit, who through a try in the mid stages of the sec­ond half, and lethal boot of A.J. Ala­timu, held on to move into top spot on the lad­der.

Wests Scarborough as­sis­tant coach Will An­der­son said while the win was ideal, their sea­son was still a work in progress.

“It’s a good feel­ing, but ev­ery time we play Nedlands it’s usu­ally close,” he said.

“We thought we didn’t play well in the first round against them, so we wanted to make amends for that but more im­por­tantly fo­cus on our game and what we could con­trol.

“We started well, and we had a bit of a lull af­ter half-time and it let them back in the game where they played hard and con­trolled the ball bet­ter at that stage of the game and then we had to hang in for the last 20 min­utes.”

Com­ment­ing on Ala­timu’s manof-the-match per­for­mance, An­der­son said he had worked hard to achieve such heights.

“AJ’s goal kick­ing was great; he prides him­self on it and puts a lot of prac­tice into it and like any­thing, he gets out what he puts in,” An­der­son said. “He was cap­tain to­day, so it would have been an hon­our for him to win the man of the match.

“We aren’t go­ing to get ahead of our­selves; there’s still eight games to go and any­thing could hap­pen.”

With five min­utes re­main­ing in the con­test, Wests opted for a penalty from long range, en­sur­ing Nedlands were out of the con­test by more than a penalty goal, mak­ing it 33-28.

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