True grit gets Ned­lands over

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local - Erin Bunn

NED­LANDS has claimed the Rug­bywa Cup, de­feat­ing Palmyra 23-20 in a thrilling con­test at Tomp­kins Park.

Palmyra looked like they were go­ing to walk away with an­other win coming into the sec­ond half but Ned­lands per­se­vered, even­tu­ally lead­ing them to vic­tory.

Ned­lands coach Tony Ball cred­ited his side’s grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“The way we played to­day we prob­a­bly didn’t de­serve to win but our en­deav­our and our tough­ness at the end re­ally got us across the line,” he said”

“Our scrum needs a lot of work and some of our de­ci­sion mak­ing and skill ex­e­cu­tion was poor, but like I said, in that last 15 min­utes it be­came mind over mat­ter and the boys re­ally toughed it out.” Palmyra led 17-6 at the break. With a scrappy start to the sec­ond half, Ned­lands’ Nei­hana Chris­tian scored the first try of the half off the back of a fault­less set play by the men in blue and gold.

Terangi Fraser failed to con­vert at the 22m line, leav­ing the score 1711 af­ter 58 min­utes.

A li­ne­out in the 66th minute led to cap­tain Ned­lands Tevin Fer­ris scor­ing the vis­i­tors’ sec­ond try of the match.

Fraser con­verted, al­low­ing Ned­lands to take the lead for the first time in the match, 17-18.

Look­ing to an­swer back, Palmyra kept the ball in their half long enough to be awarded a shot at goal af­ter Ned­lands were caught off­side.

Neil­son slot­ted the kick to put Palmyra back in front 20-18.

With time tick­ing down, Ned­lands out­side cen­tre Nei­hana Chris­tian stepped up to score the match-win­ning try, as Ned­dies claimed the Rug­bywa Cup and handed Palmyra their first loss of the sea­son.

In other matches, Wests Scar­bor­ough beat Perth Bayswa­ter 48-28, UWA de­feated Cottes­loe 32-23, As­so­ci­ates had a 54-19 win over Wan­neroo and Kala­munda beat Joon­dalup 34-8.

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