WA Pindan Premier Grade Review: Round 7

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By Rugby WA Media

Pindan Premier Grade – Round 7
Nedlands 43 defeated UWA 34 at The Foreshore, Nedlands
Cottesloe 29 defeated Rockingham 15 at Harvey Field, Cottesloe
Kalamunda 23 defeated Palmyra 18 at Hartfield Park, Forrestfield
Wests Scarborough 32 defeated Wanneroo 24 at Bennett Park, Scarborough
Associates 74 defeated Perth Bayswater 3 at Allen park, Swanbourne
Nedlands has taken out a high-scoring affair against UWA to lift the Mike Denton Shield at The Foreshore, winning 43-34.
Attacking rugby was clearly the order of the day with the two sides crossing for a combined total of eleven tries throughout the match.
Winger Jake Wilson starred for the home side grabbing a brace of tries, as did inside centre Ryan McLeod, while scrumhalf Michael Ruru was also strong for the victors.
Nedlands coach Tony Ball was thrilled with his side’s effort on an important day for the club.
“The way the boys went about it today was awesome, UWA have a great attack so it’s a massive win for us,” he said.
“The second half was an arm wrestle and our boys showed some real character, especially after getting caught out in defence a couple of times and surrendering the lead.”
UWA boss Steve McFarland was disappointed his team conceded a late lead to a finals contender for the third week in a row.
“In many ways the game today is reflective of how we’ve been this season; with six minutes to go we were five points up and we have to learn how to close games out,” he said.
“We are playing some great rugby; in patches it has been some of the best we’ve produced in my time at the club, so for us it’s a matter of stringing 80 minutes of that together.”
UWA opened the scoring 15 minutes in with a deft manoeuver from a lineout allowing hooker Harry Scoble to touch down in the corner.
Nedlands grabbed their first five-pointer when a powerful rolling maul opened the door for Ruru to cross with Fred Tuua obliging with the conversion. 
The home side then backed it up when Wilson put McLeod over for his first before some individual brilliance from Tuua delivered another with the flyhalf dancing through the defence to push the score out to 19-5.
UWA snatched a penalty goal leading into the break, only to see Nedlands respond immediately after half-time with a brilliant Wilson chip-and-chase try giving Nedlands a bonus point along with an 18-point lead.
With the game seemingly drifting from their grasp, the Students found a second wind when Mark Westcott and Christian Joubert both crossed the line within five minutes of one another to bridge the gap to four points at 26-22.
A Jayden Scorringe penalty handed Nedlands a seven-point lead on the hour mark but the deficit was immediately overthrown following two explosive tries to the visitors down the left wing, Joubert grabbing his second and Mike Innes his first.
With the game in the balance Nedlands closed out the match when McLeod added his second to give the men in blue a two-point lead before Wilson grabbed his second to seal the match.
In today’s other matches, Rockingham staged a second half comeback despite eventually going down to Cottesloe 29-15 at Harvey Field; Kalamunda and Wests Scarborough claimed places within the top four with respective wins over Palmyra (23-18) at Hartfield Park and Wanneroo (32-24) at Bennett Park; while Associates demolished Perth Bayswater to the tune of 74-3 at Allen Park.
Click here to watch the best tries from Round Six in the Pindan Premier Grade.                                          

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