Palmyra still un­beaten

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Community Classifieds - El­liot Raiter

AS­SO­CI­ATES beat UWA 26-20 and Ned­lands de­feated Cottes­loe 37-20 while Palmyra re­tained the Rug­bywa Cup af­ter a bruis­ing 46-26 vic­tory over Kala­munda in round 5 of the Premier Grade on Sat­ur­day.

Both teams were hun­gry for the cup, with a ter­rific sec­ond half fight­back from Kala keep­ing the scores tight be­fore Pally pulled away in the clos­ing stages.

Kiti Nairube scored early for the away side, with an in­ter­cept from Hamish Buick al­low­ing the num­ber 14 to cross af­ter just one minute of play, but the next phase was dom­i­nated by Pally.

David Neil­son made an early penalty count be­fore Tuhoe Ma­haki was sent off and Palmyra took full toll, pil­ing on the points in the process.

Pa­trick Moss barged over af­ter ter­rific play from a li­ne­out, with Neil­son claim­ing the con­ver­sion to take a 10-7 lead.

A ter­rific solo ef­fort fol­lowed from Chris Miller with an in­ter­cept re­sult­ing in a runaway try, dash­ing from in­side his op­po­si­tion 25 to cross over.

Pres­sure be­gan to hurt the Kala out­fit, with Panashe Kamhara cross­ing over from close range to fur­ther stretch the home side’s lead. At the break the side went up 24-7.

Mees Eras­mus came out on a mis­sion af­ter the break, firstly break­ing through the line to take the ball right to the line be­fore dish­ing off to Kamhara for his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive try.

Eras­mus then took mat­ters into his own hands tak­ing on the Kala­munda de­fence, ham­mer­ing his way through four de­fend­ers be­fore cross­ing over to ex­tend his side’s lead to 34-7. Mani­hera Eden was sent off for Pally in a cruel blow, with the vis­i­tors tak­ing ad­van­tage scor­ing two tries in 10 min­utes.

Kiti Nairube made it two tries for the day get­ting over the line af­ter some quick play off a li­ne­out, keep­ing Kala­munda in it at 34-19.

Pally even­tu­ally ran out 46-26 vic­tors, main­tain­ing its un­beaten start to the sea­son.

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