Saturday saw Neddies hit the road to Hartfield Park to take on Kalamunda. After two wins and a draw in the lower grades, the premier grade team took the field to observe a minute’s silence for Bulls stalwart, the late Jim Berry.
Neddies took a 12-3 lead into the break after halfback Mike “Roo” Ruru showed his class by setting up two tries. The first came from a quick penalty tap by Roo who fed inside centre Louis Saunders-Loder, with five-eight Jesse Toto later on hand to take the final pass after Roo had spellbound the Kala defence with a weaving run.
But as history has shown on many occasions, a nine-point lead is anything but a comfortable half-time buffer against the Bulls at home.
Buoyed by a string of super-sized reinforcements from the reserves bench, Kalamunda put their bulk to good use in the second half, scoring two forward-orientated tries and looking threatening to the end. However, in the end two Kauri Cudd penalties to add to his first half conversion was enough to keep Neddies in front at the final whistle by a margin of 18-13.
A feature of the match was the premier grade debut of State Under-20s lock Sam Offer as Neddies continued to blood in players from the colts. It was a big day out for the former Wesley College skipper, who had earlier scored the winning try for the reserve grade.
You can see the Premier Grade tries from the weekend here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQ74_r3tV4w
Saturday sees Neddies return to The Foreshore to take on the visiting Roo Dogs. One thing to Cheika out earlier in the day on the big screen will be whether the Waratahs coach can keep his cool across the ditch against the high-flying Canes.