Round 8 of the competition saw an injury-hit Neddies hit the road to take on Kalamunda at Hartfield Park, where grinding out wins is often harder than getting Damo to shout a round.
And while Neddies emerged with another bonus point win to get some clear air in the top two, there were plenty of anxious moments.
Despite playing in to quite a stiff breeze, Neddies were on the board first when winger Izzy Lata crossed for a try after just a few minutes.
Then it became the Roo Show, as halfback Mike “Roo” Ruru ran in three tries to complete a hat-trick before the half time break. As Hulk noted on the sideline, he wasn’t left Roo-ing any lost opportunities.
So there was probably a sense of complacency as Neddies went to the break 25-11 in front.
But there was a Roo-de awakening for Neddies in the second spell as the rampant Bulls ran in two converted tries to level things up at 25 apiece. Suddenly Kalamunda had their tails up – and Neddies were under the pump.
However, Neddies managed to regain their composure and regain the lead with two penalty goals to run out eventual 31-25 winners.
Coach Gus Martyn will no doubt be happy with the timing of this weekend’s bye round, giving several of his wounded players time to recover.
Championship A Nedlands V Kalamunda
Oh what a wet and windy day it was, and not a good result as the boys went down to Kalamunda 20 to 17.
Probably a game to forget for many reasons, so forgotten it is.
Congratulations to Mat Pewhairangi on his 2 tries which gave him the MVP award, other players to stand out were Glenn Briggs and Stefan Booth.
It was a scary day. There was a real sense of déjà vu – we had been to Kala before with the club having a shortage of players and horrible weather and been beaten twice. Thankfully, due to some good play by the team we put that one to rest coming away with a good win 26-11.
This was a classic case of doing 90% well and falling at the last pass – many times. We started the game well, with some good continuity and clear evidence that the work from Thursday training was showing in the game. Some great carries from the pack lead ably by the Beast, with good support making sure we had good ball and go forward. This resulted in Neds putting on the first try to Jimmy despite playing into the strong wind. A great break by Simon with one to beat ended up being a try at the other end when the last pass went to ground and they toed ahead downwind and eventually touched down. A classic 14 pointer.
It was another good day for the scrum with Beast and Steve Andre being the anchors again and leading to a couple of tightheads. Steve was also the main man at kick off reception securing some great ball for us. We kept up the positive play and scored 3 more tries in the second half to claim the bonus point. Two efforts in the second half proved the value of running on the ball with Greg and Simon streeting the defence with well-timed runs for tries. Simon’s was the pick of the 4 pointers for the year so far. In true Nomads fashion Jimmy missed the easiest conversion of the day and nailed one from near the sideline across the strong wind. Andy Brown would have been proud!
As usual there remains plenty to work, particularly finishing things off and making the most of the work done. However, we toughed out the win and have plenty of promise for better things to come.
PS The Beast would like to apologise to club stalwart Marie Brock for knocking her hat (thankfully not her head) off during one of his famous “moose” kicking tee demos last week. Club legend Dave Brock is still trying to understand why a prop with the moniker Beast is playing around with kicking at all? We here you Brocky.