Han­dling er­rors cost Ned­lands

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Looklocal Looklocalwa.com.au - El­liot Raiter

PALMYRA pow­ered past Ned­lands 23-12 at the Fore­shore on Satur­day af­ter­noon, ex­tend­ing the club’s lead at the top of the Pre­mier Grade ta­ble.

In try­ing con­di­tions for both sides, two tries ei­ther side of half­time was enough for the pre­mier­ship favourites, with Ned­lands un­able to cap­i­talise in the sec­ond stanza.

Pally be­gan the fix­ture with a strong breeze in its favour but it was the hosts who struck first through num­ber 8 Lor­can Dow.

Kauri Cudd broke through the de­fen­sive line of the vis­i­tors, with an off­load to Terangi Fraser, be­fore Dow added the fin­ish­ing touches to a ter­rific team try.

A string of penal­ties re­sulted in Palmyra an­swer­ing im­me­di­ately, with fly­half Sam Ju­ru­sich nail­ing the con­ver­sion from long range to cut the mar­gin to just two points.

The con­stant Pally pres­sure con­tin­ued to take its toll, with a penalty at the break­down again al­low­ing Ju­ru­sich to nail three points, giv­ing his side a slen­der lead mid­way through the first half.

The vis­i­tors’ pack then went to work from a li­ne­out, with a rolling maul from out­side the 22 push­ing the Ned­lands de­fence back, be­fore hooker Shane Manu dot­ted the ball over the line to ex­tend the ad­van­tage.

Ju­ru­sich then made it three penalty con­ver­sions for the half, with an off­side in­fringe­ment see­ing the lead built to 11 points at the mid­way point of the game.

De­spite hav­ing the wind ad­van­tage to be­gin the sec­ond half, Ned­lands could not con­vert its op­por­tu­ni­ties, with ball han­dling er­rors cost­ing the home side dearly.

Palmyra was strong in de­fence and even­tu­ally re­warded, with full­back Mani­hera Eden cut­ting through the line of Ned­lands be­fore draw­ing the fi­nal de­fender and hand­ing the ball off to Chris Miller, who fin­ished in fine style across the line.

The Palmyra pack was dom­i­nant against the breeze, with Mees Eras­mus lead­ing the charge with a num­ber of storm­ing runs, deny­ing Ned­lands a chance to get back into the fix­ture.

Ned­lands was able to man­age a con­so­la­tion try, af­ter a set play from a li­ne­out saw the ball played down the right hand side, be­fore Zach Maka­vil­i­to­gia dived over the line to re­store re­spectabil­ity to the score­board.

De­spite a late flurry from the home side it was not enough, as Pally ran out 11-point vic­tors, ex­tend­ing its lead to seven points with three rounds to go.

In other matches, As­so­ci­ates de­feated Wan­neroo 29-26, Cottesloe beat UWA 24-0, Kala­munda had a 27-24 win over Joon­dalup 24 and Wests Scar­bor­ough de­feated Perth Bayswa­ter 82-0.

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