Under clear skies and a wind chill factor that would make Invercargill feel like summer, Neddies premier grade took to the field against Kalamunda sporting a number of new faces.
Both teams had a couple of guys on the sideline following a lengthy evening in front of the judiciary last Wednesday night. However, with Kalamunda in a must win situation to make the finals and Neddies seeking revenge for the only loss this season against Kalamunda in round 1, both teams came to play.
Set pieces were torrid affairs with both lineouts and scrums giving as good as they got. Territory in the first 40 was even with the game being played between the 22m lines, the highlight being a deft grubber from Luke Dogga Doherty for Ben 3rd half favourite Titoko to run on to. Clearly a well rehearsed move that resulted in the ball narrowly beating Ben into touch. Jake “ the pocket rocket” Wilson had some great runs and both teams defended well, penalties were fewer than normal. Brockie was back in Royal Blue and pitted against former Force centre Tajhon Mailata made for a contest for the spectators to salivate over. At half time the scores were level 0 – 0 and mutterings could be heard through the scarfes, hoodies and beanies along the sidelines “ what odds on a nil nil draw?”
The second half started well, Mike Egan back in second row with Dogga and Krousey making an absolute nuisance of himself at the breakdown. The arm wrestle continued and it seemed deep in the second half that perhaps the spectre of a nil nil draw would eventuate. Another dogga grubber proved it was no fluke and territory was gained.
Following on from a few Kalamunda phases, Neddies concede a penalty which allowed Kalamunda to take a 3 – 0 lead with less than 10 minutes to spare. From the kick-off, Rat motivated the boys the lift a gear with a few trademark runs, Kala were desperately hanging on, the seconds ticked away,a penalty was awarded to neddies, a lineout taken, another penalty, another lineout, a third penalty and this time the ref dealt a yellow to Kalamunda, following from another lineout and then what seemed like a dozen phases across the field, finally the ball got to Richard Rat Naylor who saw the half gap and scored the match wining try with the last play of the game. Season 2013 has to go down as the season where Neddies have perfected the game plan to keep spectators, coaches and opposition sensing defeat only for the Mighty men in royal blue to win in the last play of game.
Next Saturday see’s Nedlands take on UWA at McGillivray, which always proves to be interesting.
In other matches, the Reserve Grade held out Kala to win 28-21, Kala U20’s proved to strong winning 83-0, 3rd Grade suffered their 2nd loss of the season, 16-15, 4th Grade ran in a heap of try’s to win 39-0 and the Cavaliers struggled for numbers and had to forfeit to Cottesloe.
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