Round 12 saw Neddies head south to play the Southern Lions at a ground called Success. And success is what the vocal locals thought they might taste after a frenetic second-half of rugby.
The Neddies premier grade team took to the field with a few regulars missing after wins in reserves, thirds (who remain unbeaten) and a hard-fought win by the Neddies women’s team over the Lionesses.
Things looked to be going to script in the first half as Neddies raced to a 24-7 lead, with a runaway to No 8-turned-centre Jake McKellar the pick of four Neddies tries.
Then things got a bit weird. Led by new Fijian Force signing Masivesi Dakuwaqa, the Lions stormed back in to the game with four tries of their own. Everything seemed to be going their way. The crowd was in a frenzy. However, in between that scoring assault, Neddies managed to squeeze in 5-pointers to Nate Roberts and Heath Tessman to ultimately survive a near death experience by 39 points to 33.
Since there was nothing much else to add, your correspondent thought he would throw out a rumour – that the 2019 version of Twiggy’s World Series Rugby competition will be based out of Hong Kong and feature a team from NZ province North Harbour. And the word is that the prize money on offer could total a cool $1 million. Probably all just fake news. But if it’s on the money, remember you heard it here first.
Anyway, Saturday sees Neddies return to The Foreshore to host Goff’s Coastal Cavaliers in the last round before the teams divide into the top six/bottom seven. Word around that traps is that Michael Cheika’s love-child Damo, back from international rugby duties, might be the mystery guest speaker at The Third Half lunch.
The rain should have stopped by then so you know the drill.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. Go the love-child. GO NEDDIES!!