Round 7 Report

Well folks, after something of a stutter-start, another bonus point victory has lifted Neddies to within striking distance of pole position on the premier grade ladder.
With a growing list of injured and unavailable players, there was no room for any complacency going in to Saturday’s Round 7 clash with Uni, who were coming to The Foreshore after a comprehensive win over Cottesloe and with star back Clay Uyen back in harness after representing the Wallaby under-20s in their recent series.
Defending the RugbyWA Cup in last Saturday’s epic win over Paly, Neddies premier grade skipper Tevin Ferris led his team out after mixed results in the other grades, with wins in the thirds and women’s and losses in the seconds, fourths and colts.
And it was Tevin who chalked up the first try for Neddies, with a TeRangi Fraser conversion giving the home team a 7-0 lead. But Uni showed they had come to play, hitting back with two rapid-fire tries to take a 12-7 lead.
Neddies squared things up at the break when Zack Makavilitogia, who must rate as the biggest backline unit going around, crossed to make it 12-apiece.
But as has been the case in recent weeks, the points flowed much easier for Neddies in the second spell.
First it was livewire former colts second-rower Mike Egan scoring in that bountiful part of the ground known as the Third Half corner. And by fulltime Neihana Christian (his fourth in three weeks), Tevin (making it two for the day) and TeRangi had also crossed for tries to give Neddies a bonus-point 38-19 victory.
Kalamunda’s win over Wests has made things more congested at the top of the log than the Leach Highway/Welshpool Road intersection at peak hour. And with Wests and Paly squaring off in the match-of-the-round on Saturday, there’s plenty of heat being generated at the sharp end of the competition.
The equation for Neddies as the club aims for its 35th consecutive appearance in the premier grade finals is pretty straight forward – keep winning. Saturday sees Neddies head north up the freeway to HBF Arena to take on Joondalup at the earlier kick-off time of 3pm so everyone can make it back to nib Stadium to watch the Force take on Tasman – sorry the Highlanders. There might be a few cartons of Speight’s on that one…
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. GO NEDDIES!!!