Gulls alone atop Pindan Premier Grade Table

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By Rugby WA Media

Pindan Premier Grade – Round Six

Cottesloe 29 defeated Associates 10 at Harvey Field, Cottesloe
Kalamunda 9 defeated Nedlands 7 at The Foreshore, Nedlands
Palmyra 37 defeated Wanneroo 25 at Kingsway Reserve, Landsdale
Wests Scarborough 30 defeated UWA 29 at McGillivray Oval, Mt Claremont
Rockingham 17 defeated Perth Bayswater 16 at Pat O’Hara Reserve, Morley
Cottesloe remains the only undefeated side in the Pindan Premier Grade after continuing to stamp its dominance with a convincing 29-10 win over Associates at Harvey Field yesterday afternoon.
The Gulls’ win was compounded by Nedlands tasting defeat for the first time this season, through a 9-7 upset loss to Kalamunda at The Foreshore.
Cottesloe was never threatened in their encounter, controlling the match on their way to a bonus-point win against the reigning premiers.
Cottesloe coach Ian Fowler downplayed any early premiership favouritism, despite his side’s strong performances to date.
“We were really happy to get a win like that today; right to the end we were hard at it so I was happy with that,” he said.
“We’re in good shape at the moment but anything can happen.”
In contrast, Soaks boss Andy Cole was disappointed with his side’s showing, particularly at the set piece.
“They certainly came out a lot more fired up than us and it cost us,” he said. “You can’t have a lazy start against a team like Cottesloe, which was exactly what we did.”
“We’ll go back and review the tape, but it seemed to be a lack of communication. We had a few guys who were in new positions so it’s certainly something we can work on.”
The Gulls grabbed the first try within five minutes when winger Ed Melville finished off some slick work down the right wing by Nick Haining. Melville had his double by the ten-minute mark when he ran onto a Sam Christie grubber, with the conversion extending the lead to 12-0.
Cottesloe skipper Jarred Budworth added further misery to the visitors’ afternoon when he capitalised on a one-man sin bin advantage by crossing the line from the base of the scrum.
A Matt Dreyer penalty goal ensured Soaks went to half time with some points to show at 17-3, however, Cottesloe racked up their bonus point midway through the second half when prop Kaiser Reidy became an unlikely try scorer when he backed up down the left wing.
Fullback Caillan Richards crossed for Soaks’ lone try of the afternoon shortly after – a just reward as the Swanbourne club’s best player on the day.
When Ed Stubbs and Al Rovira were both shown yellow cards for unrelated incidents, the ‘Battle of Broome Street’ threatened to erupt with less than ten minutes to play.
However, Tobias Hoskins crashed over for the home side’s fifth try soon after with Christie’s conversion finalising the score at 29-10.
In addition to Kalamunda’s narrow shock win over Nedlands, the other results saw Palmyra prove too strong for Wanneroo in securing a 37-25 result at Kingsway Reserve. Wests Scarborough forced their way into the top four with a 30-29 victory over UWA at McGillivray Oval, and Rockingham registered their second triumph of the season with a narrow 17-16 away win over Perth Bayswater.

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