It was the annual running of the bulls at Hartfield Park in round three of the Premier Division on Saturday. Neddies were doing well in the build-up to the much-anticipated premier grade match with wins in thirds and fourths, a hard-fought victory by the women’s team and a narrow loss by the reserve grade after a stunning Alasdair Henderson-inspired comeback.
The Premier grade bulls from Kalamunda were big. And in the first 25 minutes or so they were on the stampede. The damage was evident on the scoreboard, with Neddies trailing the home team by 17-6.
But thereafter, it was the bulls doing most of the chasing. And quite often they were chasing a galloping horse with the name Aiden Laxton on the saddle cloth.
The remarkable turnaround started with a try to the ever-elusive fullback Kauri Cudd. And it continued to the final whistle, by which time Neddies had piled on no less than 31 unanswered points. That included four more tries to backs Giles McMeikan (2), Dyls Loversidge and teenager Christoff Cronje.
For as long as your correspondent can remember, getting the points against Kalamunda at Hartfield has always been a tough gig. But this was one for the ages. The Neddies scrum stood up to the huge Kalamunda pack, and there were some courageous defensive efforts from the likes of Dyls, Shane Hemi and Hadlee Hay-Horton to complement the aggression of Logan Ede, who smashed brick walls all afternoon.
The bonus point 37-17 win left Neddies six points clear on the top of the Premier Division ladder – and with the RugbyWA Cup back at The Foreshore. But Saturday looms as another huge test as Neddies travel to Allen Park for a top-of-the-table clash with Soaks.
So record the Crusaders touching up the Lions in the Super Rugby final and get down to Swanbourne as the RugbyWA Cup goes back on the line.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. Go the horse. GO NEDDIES!!
Congratulations Tevin Ferris and Anaru Rangi who have been named in the “Super Rugby Selection” team to play against the Wallabies on Friday night.
The date is announced for when the All Blacks will play a Bledisloe game vs the Wallabies in Perth: August 10, 2019. This will make the QBE Long Lunch bigger and better than ever so lock Friday 9 August in your diaries and you can book now by downloading this PDF flyer.