Boars win by a point de­spite ill dis­ci­pline

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local -

WESTS Scar­bor­ough kicked off the sec­ond half of the Premier Grade sea­son with a coura­geous 18-17 win over Ned­lands at the Pig Pen on Satur­day.

Ill dis­ci­pline threat­ened to de­rail Wests’ match, with the Boars shown four yel­low cards and hav­ing to play the fi­nal 20 min­utes with just 14 men.

De­spite the ill dis­ci­pline, for­ward pack dom­i­nance, tries to Jor­dan Luke and DJ Fer­ris, and the cool head of Wal­ter Koteka were enough to get the Boars over the line.

Wests Scar­bor­ough coach Scott Bat­ters said the win showed the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the group af­ter some hard truths were spo­ken dur­ing the bye week.

Ned­lands started the con­test in a flurry look­ing to have crossed the line in the open­ing two min­utes, only to be held up.

Af­ter a num­ber of re­set scrums, Wests put on a mas­sive shove to win a penalty against the feed and get out of dan­ger early.

A yel­low card to Ned­lands back­rower Krys­ten Lawrence handed Wests a golden op­por­tu­nity to put points on the board.

But as tem­pers flared fol­low­ing a dis­al­lowed try, a fur­ther two yel­low cards to Wests Scar­bor­ough’s Nick Mclen­nan and Eru Wano Smith put the num­bers back in Ned­lands’ favour with 14 men to 13.

Ned­lands made the most of the ex­tra space with hooker Lo­gan Ede pick­ing up from the ruck and danc­ing his way out of two tack­les be­fore beat­ing an­other two Wests de­fend­ers to charge in from 35m out.

Yet an­other yel­low card to the Boars for a high tackle saw the hosts down to 12 men as Ned­lands re­turned to their full com­ple­ment.

With men in the sin bin, Wests were still able to con­trol pos­ses­sion and keep Ned­lands at bay be­fore they wel­comed their men back to put both sides back to 15 play­ers apiece.

A fourth yel­low card to Wests and sec­ond for Eru Smith Wano put the heat back on the hosts, forc­ing them down to 14 men for the re­main­ing 19 min­utes.

Cudd slot­ted the re­sult­ing penalty for Ned­lands to close the gap to just two points, 12-10.

Koteka stead­ied the ship for the Boars keep­ing a cool head to knock through a penalty just one minute later to hand his side a five-point buffer, 15-10.

West con­tin­ued to look for a killer blow, ham­mer­ing the Ned­lands line in­side the 22 be­fore the pres­sure got too much and the vis­i­tors were pe­nalised for off­side.

Koteka nailed the kick from di­rectly in front to push the score out to 1810 with five min­utes re­main­ing.

Need­ing to score twice for vic­tory Ned­lands went on the at­tack and a piece of in­di­vid­ual bril­liance from scrumhalf Cudd gave his side hope as he darted over the line and con­verted his own ef­fort to close the gap to a sin­gle point with three min­utes to play, 18-17.

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