Neddies Shoot Down The High-Flying Seagulls

Neddies has a share of top spot on the ladder after ending Cottesloe’s unbeaten run in the curtain raiser to the British & Irish Lions  tour opener against the Force at Patersons Stadium on Wednesday.In a rare opportunity on the big stage, Neddies prevailed 12-0 against the Gulls in a match characterised by solid defence (which meant it was something of a contrast to the main game!).With backline stars Ben “No stop for smoko” Titoko and Davis Tavita still sidelined with injury, Neddies was forced to further reshuffle its backline within minutes after fullback Jayden Scorringe left the field injured.Neddies went close to scoring three tries in the first half after both halfback Mike “Roo” Ruru and five-eighth Fred Tuua were both held up over the line and winger Jake Wilson was cut down within inches of the chalk after a blistering run. However, Neddies was still able to capitalise on penalties from each of those three attacking raids to go to the break with a 9-0 lead, courtesy of three goals to the ice cool Fred Tuua. Cottesloe were also denied a first-half try when the ball was lost over the Neddies line.
The second half was a real arm wrestle, with points hard to come by. Late in the game, Fred nailed his fourth penalty goal to give his side a 12-0 lead with a long-range shot.
The win puts Neddies on equal points with Cottesloe at the top of the log after the first round of the competition. It also capped off a great couple of days for the club after the Tuesday’s Lions lunch at Crown, continuing another great Neddies tradition.
Wednesday’s game means the premier grade won’t have a game this weekend, though most other grades will be in action against the Gulls at Harvey Field.

A link to the RugbyWA write up can be found here.