Wests take on all comers
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.