Gulls out­classed by Kala­munda

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local -

KALA­MUNDA out­classed a weak­ened Cottes­loe out­fit to record a dom­i­nant 50-14 vic­tory at Har­vey Field on Satur­day.

Kiti Nairube was the de­ci­sive fac­tor in the match, star­ring with four tries in an out­stand­ing in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance, with Ai­den Short­ell pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent sup­port at full­back.

Kala was ruth­less from start to fin­ish, us­ing a more ex­pe­ri­enced pack and pow­er­ful back­line to run over the top of a help­less Gulls side that was miss­ing a host of stars for the clash.

Short­ell was pleased with the vic­tory over Cott, with his side stick­ing to their game plan and tak­ing the fix­ture on from the out­set.

“We re­ally stuck to our struc­tures this week and were re­warded on the score­board,” he said.

“Kiti was out­stand­ing for us to­day and that is just what Kiti does: he scores plenty of points.

“We al­ways knew they were go­ing to come out hard against us, but we took ad­van­tage of some pretty open play and got the re­sult we were af­ter.”

Leo Au­voa opened the scor­ing af­ter 10 min­utes, with a set play from a scrum open­ing up the field for the num­ber eight, as he barged over from close range to take the lead early.

The Gulls hit straight back though, with Simione Vue­tiver­ata gath­er­ing the ball on the half line be­fore evad­ing sev­eral de­fend­ers, keep­ing his balance across the side­line to level the scores at 7-7.

The Kala back­line then pro­ceeded to take con­trol as Fu­ture Force Foun­da­tion player Jor­dan Hol­gate cut through the Gulls de­fence be­fore throw­ing a cut-out pass to Short­ell to re­gain the lead.

The vis­i­tors’ con­stant pres­sure be­gan to take its toll, with Kala again forc­ing their way over via a rolling maul from a li­ne­out and Nairube open­ing his ac­count at Har­vey Field.

Short­ell com­pleted an ex­cel­lent first half af­ter strong work from Rus­sell Burges in the cen­tre of the field, with the young full­back re­ceiv­ing a ball me­tres from the line to cross over for a dou­ble.

The full­back con­tin­ued his fine game af­ter the break and the num­ber 15 dis­patched two Gull de­fend­ers dur­ing a set play to al­low Nairube to cross over for his sec­ond try. The winger ended with four tries and man of the match.

In other matches, Palmyra de­feated As­so­ciates 36-22, UWA beat Perth Bayswa­ter 56-10, Ned­lands had a 60-0 win over Wan­neroo and Joon­dalup de­feated Wests Scar­bor­ough 37-31.

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