Round 17 Match Report

Round 17 Match Report

FlyerRound 17 saw a continuation of high-scoring running rugby at The Foreshore which has produced no less than 138 points in the past two games.

After wins in Colts, thirds, seconds and a loss in fourths, the premier grade were looking to square things up against Uni after losing to the students in their first round fixture at McGillivray.

It was obvious from the start that the penultimate game of the home-and-away competition was going to be a high-scoring affair, with the scores locked at 19-19 after as many minutes after both teams had scored three tries apiece.

And while that was it from Uni as far as scoring was concerned, Neddies were just getting started.

While the half time score of 24-19 suggested a close match, Neddies stepped up the tempo in the second half to run in another seven tries for a final scoreline of 67-19.

That included four to winger Brody Lam, whose lightening pace had some enquiring why he was not at Rio. Skipper and budding Super 15 player Mike “Roo” Ruru also bagged his second hat trick in as many weeks as part of a Neddies backline which is looking the goods at the right time of the season.

Neddies will be looking to build on that momentum on Saturday when the team heads to Allen Park to take on Soaks. Attention will then turn to the finals, with Neddies hosting Paly the following Sunday in what promises to be another huge day of action at The Foreshore. Neddies latest run  into the finals might be something of an omen for inspirational forward Joe “Peanut” Richie, whose age matches the number of years Neddies has been in the finals.

Another great Neddies tradition (which is not quite as old as The Nut) is the annual Test match lunch – which Neddies pioneered in Perth back in 1998 to mark the historic first ever Test match played in Perth, between the Wallabies and South Africa. This year’s Neddies test Match lunch is on Friday September 16 – so get your tickets now for what is always a rollicking afternoon.

What’s more, club luminary Kevin Ball is arranging a table for a rugby breakfast on Friday August 19 featuring Christian Cullen (the former All Black turned commentator that is, not the trotter). When he’s not playing golf, Kevin can be contacted on 0447 194 885.

So get down to Soaks on Saturday for the last club game of the season before the finals.

You know the drill … Be there. Be loud. Be proud. GO NEDDIES!