Hard bat­tle fought and won by UWA

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local - Erin Bunn

AF­TER a hard fought bat­tle at Mcgil­livray Oval on Satur­day, UWA de­feated Joondalup 21-11 in the Belt Up Match of the Round, sup­ported by the In­surance Com­mis­sion of WA.

UWA lock Tim Carslaw was named Belt Up Man of the Match af­ter a stead­fast per­for­mance up front.

Af­ter the game, UWA coach Steve Mc­far­land said Joondalup were very sound de­fen­sively and made UWA work hard for the win.

“I thought we had a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties through­out the game,” Mc­far­land said.

“We prob­a­bly didn’t ex­e­cute it as well as we would have liked and prob­a­bly made it quite hard for our­selves. Go­ing for­ward I think we just need con­sis­tency.

“Over the course of the year we’ve had UWA beat Joondalup in the Belt Up Round of the Match. some good re­sults and some good pas­sages of play and then we can go off the boil a lit­tle bit, so we’re keen to get a lit­tle more con­sis­tency,” he said.

Joondalup started hot off the line with fly­half Shel­don Tarawa storm­ing through UWA’S de­fence and tak­ing the first try of the match within the first five min­utes.

The fol­low­ing 10 min­utes was epit­o­mised by the Stu­dent’s missed op­por­tu­ni­ties and a strong Brother’s de­fen­sive line with UWA find­ing it hard to push through.

Fu­ture Force Foun­da­tion player Clay Uyen charged the ball deep in Joondalup’s half only to be dragged down short of the line.

UWA kept the pres­sure on to earn a penalty and Jack Hardy put the first points on the board for the hosts, to close the gap to two points. Ni­cholas Chad­wick didn’t give the Broth­ers any chance to re­tal­i­ate with an im­pres­sive solo ef­fort from long range to give the Stu­dents their first try of the game.

With the game tak­ing on a for­ward based men­tal­ity, the pace slowed to­wards half-time with both sides us­ing their for­ward pack to wear down the op­po­si­tion.

Joondalup were keen to make up lost ground in the sec­ond half and started strongly earn­ing a penalty at the break­down just 25m from the line.

UWA kept the pres­sure on dis­man­tling Joondalup at scrum time and win­ning the bat­tle up front. Yet an­other penalty against the vis­i­tors handed Hardy an­other shot at the posts and true to form he knocked it over to push the mar­gin out to seven points, 18-11.

A penalty in­side the 22 was the fi­nal nail in the cof­fin for Joondalup with Hardy push­ing the mar­gin out to 10 points be­fore UWA con­trolled the fi­nal five min­utes to run out de­serv­ing 21-11 vic­tors.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.