Round 12 saw Neddies head north to Kingsway to take on Wanneroo after heart-stoppers against Paly and Soaks in the previous two weeks.
And while the goal of securing a bonus-point win was ultimately achieved, Neddies made hard work of it.
The game started as the Rat & Roo show as tries to Richie “Rat” Naylor and Mike “Roo” Ruru put Neddies out to a 12-0 lead.
But after butchering a couple of try-scoring opportunities, the Roo Dogs stole one back to trim the margin to 12-5 at the break.
It would be something of an understatement to say that coach Tony Ball was not happy with the energy and endeavour of his troops in the first half, or the lack thereof. In fact, Bally’s half-time spray set off car alarms as far north as Quinns Rocks.
Despite this, Wanneroo was next to score with a converted try which levelled the scores at 12-12. The Roo Dogs had their tails up and sensed an upset.
While go-to winger Jake Wilson chimed in with a try to relieve some pressure, a penalty goal kept the Roo Dogs in the hunt trailing 17-15.
As has been a trend of recent weeks, Neddies waited until late in the match to pile on the points.
Tries to crowd favourites Alvin “Stardust” Lau (who slotted straight back in to first grade), Rat and fullback Fred Tuua delivered Neddies a 32-15 victory with the bonus point to boot.
As ET was heard to mutter, the hungry Rat is certainly back, with his two tries making in five in the past two games.
Neddies will be hoping for another Rat-trick on Saturday when the club hosts the resurgent Wests in what looms as a cracker of a match down at the Foreshore. It will be a big day down at Neddies with the Third Half supporters strapping on the nose bags for a lunch and the Lions and Wallabies on the big screen afterwards.
In other grades, 2nd Grade won 33-22, U20s went down 57-0, 3rd Grade had a big win, 66-3, 4th Grade lost 17-0 and the Cavaliers got up 48-12.
In other news. Nedlands players, Chris ‘Wagga’ Doherty, Damian Pacecca, Brett ‘Binga’ Kelly and ‘Handsome’ Neil Smith (pictured below), who were some of many Nedlands members to invade Melbourne for the 2nd Test between the Wallabies and the British and Irish Lions put on the boots and played a game for international touring team the Rhinos. They played the Harlequin club in Melbourne, in which the Rhino’s won 45-30. It will also well noted that all Nedlands players scored a try except Brett Kelly.