True grit gets Nedlands over
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.