Round 6 Review

Every couple of seasons, club rugby produces an epic encounter which captivates both sets of supporters till the death. Saturday at Tompkins Park was one of those games.
The Neddies premier grade team took to the field against the unbeaten Paly as underdogs after wins in fourths, thirds and women’s and losses in reserves and colts.
Paly used full advantage of the sun to jump out to a 10-6 advantage courtesy of two tries, with two TeRangi Fraser penalties keeping Neddies within striking distance.
But another converted Paly try towards the end of the half opened the gap to 17-6 at the halftime break. Neddies needed a big effort to turn things around in the second spell, especially with fullback Dylan Loversidge in the bin.
Being the first team to score in the second half of a tight match is a time-honoured omen in rugby – and that proved to be the case again when Neddies centre Neihana Christian crossed in the corner.
Suddenly Neddies were back in with a sniff at 17-11, with a noticeable turn in momentum.
That momentum was rewarded when winger Jake Wilson crashed through for a converted try which put Neddies in front for the first time in the match at 18-17.
Things were on a knife edge. And it looked like the gods might be shining on Paly when, after a lengthy discussion, the referee pulled rank over his touch judges to declare a Paly penalty goal had indeed gone between the posts. That made it 20-18 in Paly’s favour.
But Neddies were not about to give up. With time almost up, the visitors worked back deep into Paly territory, setting up Neihana Christian to scythe through beside the posts for the winning try – his second for the day and third in two weeks.
The win came with a bonus – with Neddies taking the RugbyWA Cup back to The Foreshore.
There was plenty ticker displayed across the park for Neddies, as well as some inspirational leadership from young skipper Tevin Ferris.
There will be no time for reflection on Saturday, however, when the RugbyWA Cup goes straight back on the line when Neddies host UWA at The Foreshore in Round 7.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. GO NEDDIES!!