Neddies hit the road again on Saturday to take on a University team fresh from a good win over Soaks.
Last year’s Grand Final aside, McGillivray Oval hasn’t been the happiest of hunting grounds for Neddies in recent seasons. And coming off last week’s loss to the Gulls, the round three fixture was always going to be a test for Neddies.
Despite playing into the sun, things started well for Neddies with flanker Jandrie “Drey” Van Der Westhuizen, one of this season’s big improvers, rumbling over for an early try. Paddy Dellit followed that up with another five-pointer from a Jake Wilson break to give Neddies a 10-0 buffer as kicker Davis Tavita struggled to find his radar.
A penalty try saw Neddies go the break with a comfortable 20-6 buffer as Neddies retired to the shade in the knowledge that the sun would be at their backs in the second half.
It wasn’t long before mobile second-rower Tyler Edwards chalked up the bonus point for Neddies with the fourth try of the afternoon to give Neddies a handy 27-6 lead. Winger Cam Crowley made it five when he did a Honey Badger impersonation with a run-away try.
That proved a turning point in the match as Uni responded with two converted tries to bring the scoreline back to a more respectable 34-20.
However, prop Lei Alholeilei, who is making a habit of finding the chalk, crossed late to seal the bonus point 41-20 win for Neddies.
With no game this weekend, the action resumes back at The Foreshore on April 26 when Neddies take on the Roo Dogs.
Round 2 Championship A versus Joondalup.
The team travelled to Joondalup Arena for our 2nd game of the season and came away with a comfortable 50 to 12 win.
In very warm conditions the warm up was completed and game plan was discussed and it was decided to build into our work and come home strongly. Starter plays from set pieces were agreed upon and counterattacking options discussed, all done and dusted let’s get into it.
It pretty much went to plan, we started steadily and didn’t get on the scoreboard until the 20 minute mark. From then we pretty much scored tries at will until the final 20 minutes when we gave Joondalup a couple of consolation tries.
Once again our discipline was a little loose, especially at the breakdown, and we gave away plenty of penalties giving our opposition heaps of ball to play with.
Defence is one of this teams many strong points and despite plenty of possession Joondalup could only manage to cross our line twice and that was late in the game.
We pretty much dominated set pieces, our starting front row of Briggsy, Peanut and Tank dominated and were well supported in the tight by our locks. Our loosies were into everything and between them scored 3 of our 8 tries. James Maasdorp had a good game and his midfield carries and crunching tackles were copybook blindside flanker play.
Our backline benefited from the good ball they received and scored some well-constructed tries. We did lose our way slightly in the 2nd half mainly due to the number of changes that had to be made due to slight injuries and heat exhaustion. It was a pretty warm day.
One thing that this game did highlight was that it is important that our bench need to provide an impact as soon as they get on to the field. There is no easing themselves into the game, they just don’t have enough time.
Tries scorers for Neddies, Macca (1)? Suter(2), Jake Stevens(1), James Maasdorp(1), Naiz(2) and Nick Solomon(1). Wogga had a pretty good day with the boot, no shin kicks, and we managed to convert 5 out of the 8 tries.
4th Grade v Joondalup 12 April 2014
The Arena at Joondalup sure was hot and so was some of the early play by the 4ths. Uncharacteristically, George chose to kick the ball after receiving the kick off and this time it was a beauty, putting Nedlands deep into Joondalup territory. Some pretty good play followed that saw Neddies draw first blood with a try, which was (again uncharacteristically) converted for a strong 7-0 early game position. On a day where even Pete Malcolm’s heavy thinking over player changes caused him to break into a sweat, the early play by Neddies was good, keeping the ball and going forward. In an early blow we lost Bustling Barry Kelly to a self-inflicted ankle injury coming down from huge heights at a lineout. That bought Colin “B2” Kavimbura to the crease and he fired up a great duo with the elder Beast causing the Joondalup defence problems with good honest hard carries with the ball. Some new faces to the 4ths made their mark on the day with Pete the Knight from Newcastle making good yards from fullback and Casey, Brad and Steve going hard in the engine room.
The half time water had clearly become tainted in the heat as Neds went off the boil a bit in the second half, allowing Joondalup to sample the try line a couple of times. We had done enough though and continued on to a good win, our first 5-point bonus for the year. A big welcome to the players sampling the 4ths hospitality for the first time with all welcome back for more of the same. Good to see a cameo from the Stig proving difficult to put on the ground as always. The great chip and chase effort by Pete to finish the game summed up our day – lots of promise, we just have to work on the finishing.