Hard battle fought and won by UWA
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.