De­fence helps de­fend cup

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training & Education - Luke Wor­thing­ton

A STEL­LAR de­fen­sive per­for­mance has helped Ned­lands suc­cess­fully de­fend the Rug­byWA Cup with a 12-5 vic­tory over Cottes­loe in front of an ec­static home crowd at the Fore­shore.

The home side dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory dur­ing the early stages of the match, set­ting up an early try on the right wing to put them up 5-0.

An­dre Van De West­thuisen added an­other ma­jor with only min­utes re­main­ing in the con­test, putting his side up 12-0.

The sec­ond half saw no scor­ing through­out its en­tirety, un­til a penalty try was awarded to Cottes­loe in the fi­nal min­utes, sub­se­quently end­ing the game.

Ned­lands head coach Luke Do­herty said he was happy with his side’s out­stand­ing de­fen­sive ef­fort.

“Our de­fence was out­stand­ing today, and it’s some­thing we re­ally pride our­selves on,” he said.

“The mark of a good team at­ti­tude is the way you play de­fence, and I thought we did great in that as­pect.

“We were a bit quiet in at­tack, but that’s some­thing we know we will have to work on.”

Ned­lands built up pres­sure in the open­ing min­utes of the match, al­low­ing Jesse Toto to fire a bullet pass across to the right wing, putting his side up 5-0 af­ter the missed con­ver­sion.

In the 38th minute, Ned­lands added to their lead when cen­tre Amon Mat­u­auto cre­ated an off­load, find­ing An­dre Van Der West­thuisen, who beat the fi­nal de­fender with a quick spin move to add an ex­tra five points di­rectly be­tween the posts.

Lau­rence Joel’s con­ver­sion gave Ned­lands a com­mand­ing 12-0 lead.

The Gulls ap­plied con­tin­ued pres­sure on Ned­lands through­out the ma­jor­ity of the sec­ond half, but they lacked the clin­i­cal fin­ish they needed to get past Ned­lands’ out­stand­ing line de­fence.

In the 77th minute, Cottes­loe was given a man ad­van­tage af­ter Ned­lands winger Shane Hemi was sent to the bin fol­low­ing con­tin­u­ous in­fringe­ments at the break­down.

In the 80th minute, a penalty try was awarded to Cottes­loe af­ter Ned­lands was warned about con­tin­u­ous scrum in­fringe­ments at the goal line, which ended the match.

In other week­end re­sults, Kala­munda beat Perth Bayswa­ter 55-7, Palmyra de­feated UWA 37-10, Wan­neroo had a 24-18 win over As­so­ciates and Wests Scar­bor­ough beat Joon­dalup 43-7.

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