Round eight saw Neddies head to Morley to take on Perth-Bayswater on Sunday in a game which was about as un-inspiring as the Force v the Highlanders the night before.
While Neddies came away with a bonus-point 45-17 win to maintain second spot on the ladder, it was an effort which earned a post-match spray from coach Tony Ball ahead of the all-important round nine clash with table-toppers Cottesloe at Paterson’s Stadium on Wednesday June 5.
Neddies took the field missing a string of backline stars and found themselves 3-0 in arrears after Perth slotted an early penalty goal.
However, the first of two tries by dynamo flanker Krysten Lawrence gave the visitors a lead which had increased to 24-3 by halftime after five-pointers to Mike “Roo” Ruru, ever-improving second-rower Mike Egan and midfielder Beau Hape.
In the second half, the momentum swung back to the home team after Roo was given an infringement-related yellow card. Perth scored two tries while Roo was in the bin to bring the scores back to 31-17. Suddenly, playing rugby on Sunday didn’t seem any fun.
However, almost immediately upon his return to the field, Roo demonstrated why he is one of the most lethal attacking weapons in the competition with a try under the sticks. He then set up Izzy for the final try of the match to complete the 45-17 victory.
With no rugby this weekend, Neddies can now look forward to the top of the table clash with Cottesloe at Paterson’s Stadium in the curtain raiser to the Lions opening match of their 2013 Australian tour against the Force on Wednesday week (June 5). Kick-off for the curtain-raiser is 3.20pm.
Make sure you are there to show your colours. GO NEDDIES!
The Reserve grade started slow and found themselves down 17-3 just after halftime. However a much more improved and desperate effort in the second half saw the visitors come away with a 25-20 victory.
The Under 20s scored their first win of the season and must have been too busy celebrating to submit a match report
It took Neddies a good 25 minutes to wear down the large baysie forward pack. But once the flood gates opened there was no closing them. The final score was 51-0 with Lakey among others crossing a couple of times! Paul Baker was instrumental in his last start for Neddies, however being the team man he is, he subbed himself off to help develop the younger players. It wasn’t for long however as Trev Thomas needed a rest. The team has never looked so organised with new manager Dingo in charge.
You know it will be a good day when “The Beast” Kavimbura takes the kick off and charges the ball forward like a rampaging rhino scattering bodies in his path. The scene was set and the boys didn’t disappoint, joining the party with some great support play and running rugby giving us several first half tries. DB was on fire with ball in hand, showing the value of keeping the legs pumping in contact, repeatedly coming out the other side. Either that or he still had a bit of jelly left him on from the Saturday night jelly wrestling sessions he uses to supplement his income. No matter the cause, the result was fantastic with many good yards made. Supporting the player with the ball was a feature of the first half and none more so than the effort by “The Beast” Kavimbura. Wising up to tracking the rampaging DB, “the Beast” took the pass with plenty still to do and continued the carnage of strewn black shirted bodies on his way to a cracking try. Muzz McLean reckoned he hadn’t heard of such a good try since the ones created by Magnum’s vivid imagination in the heyday of the Nomads.
A bit of a lapse in concentration saw Perth on our line for a period before getting over out wide. We had absorbed the pressure of multiple rucks on our line, again showing good defence as a team, before they went wide and caught us out – need to number up fellas. The tried followed the ref losing patience with the pilfering tactics of the Hamburgler Lee sending him back to the Maccas next door for 10 minutes.
Hard to split DB and “Tank” Tutt for best on the day. Tank is rapidly developing a reputation for the most damaging front row runner in Nomads/4th grade history. Good to see the psych sessions worked and he put the kicking boots away until golden oldies days. Some great yards made and he could have had a second try himself if he hadn’t tried to offload to a Gadget finding it hard to keep up with him.
Perth came back in the second half, but Neddies kept up the pressure to continue on for an enjoyable and well-earned victory. A bit of experimentation with an entry in the “biggest first five ever to play for Nedlands” with the Stig showing he is multi-talented doing a great job directing play. Blackie and Max competed for the “most unlikely half back ever” role. Nice try boys, but your chances of playing there as likely as Quade getting a gig while Dingo Deans is coach – none. Great club spirit on show with several players sticking around to stand by. Lakey was even able to add a quick lesson in running good lines into gaps for another try.