Round 11 Review

Round 11 saw Neddies move to the top of the premier grade table, with the RugbyWA Cup still on the shelf. But if you thought that left any room for complacency, think again.
That’s because at this time of year, the hardest game to win is always the next one. No matter who the opposition happens to be. It’s the time of the season when the depth of each premier grade club is tested and nothing can be taken for granted.
It was another brilliant day down at The Foreshore on Saturday when the premier grade took to the field after wins in reserve grade, thirds, fourths and women’s (and Scotland) and a loss in colts.
By halftime Neddies had raced to a 26-6 lead after tries to Tane Manga, a penalty try credited to big lock Aidan Laxton and a pair to the competition’s biggest winger, Zac Makavilitogia. While the second spell yielded a further four tries to Neihana Christian, star back Kauri Cudd and fellow former colts David Bailey and Alasdair Henderson, the highlight was undoubtedly the return to the premier grade front row of Damo “the Italian Thor” Pacecca for the first time in about four years.
Kauri managed to slot all but one of the eight conversions for a final scoreline of 54-20. The bonus point – coupled with an upset win by Uni across the river at Tompkins Park – was enough for Neddies to nudge Paly aside on percentage at the top of the ladder. Things are getting very congested at the top…
Round 12 looms as one of those banana skin games as Neddies heads to Allen Park to take on Soaks, who held Neddies to a draw in the first round. It will be a test for the true club rugby followers, with the game clashing with the first test between the All Blacks and the British, Irish and Pacific Island Lions.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. GO NEDDIES!!