Round 10 Review

Premier grade games between Neddies and Wests have developed a habit of going down to the wire in the past couple of seasons. And Round 10 proved to be no exception as Neddies hit the road – for the third week in a row – for their return encounter with Wests at Bennett Park.
After earlier wins in thirds, fourths and women’s, a draw in reserves and a loss in colts, the Neddies premier grade team took the field with a reshuffled backline following an injury to star five-eighth TeRangi Fraser, which also ruled him out of a trip to the Mauritius for the World Club 10s this weekend.
Those around in the 80s will remember Aussie group Icehouse singing Man of Colours. Icehouse might well have been singing about the poor old ref in Saturday’s game, who was indeed a man of many colours – mainly yellow with a flash of red thrown into the mix.
Neddies capitalised early on that yellow card-related mathematical discrepancy when powerhouse hooker Logan Ede bullocked his way through the defence to score under the posts. But converting territory into points proved difficult for Neddies for the rest of the half, and by the break Wests had hit back to square things up at 7-7.
Wests scored again early in the second half and jumped out to an 18-10 lead on the back of a wave of penalties. But the elusive Kauri Cudd set up a grandstand finish with a converted try under the posts to leave Neddies within striking distance at 18-17. With time running out on the clock, that’s where things finished up as Wests celebrated a return to the winner’s circle after a three-game losing streak.
Saturday sees a welcome return to the Foreshore as Neddies host Baysie in Round 11. The boys will be without skipper Tevin Ferris,  mid-fielder Ammon Matuauto and hooker Logan Ede, who will all be seeking to emulate Mike Ruru’s 2016 player of the World Club 10s performance in Mauritius. Give it heaps boys.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. GO NEDDIES!!