Wests Scarborough Sneak Past Nedlands in a Thriller

Pindan Premier Grade Results – Round 10
Associates 45 def Joondalup 17
Kalamunda 38 def UWA 10
Palmyra 45 def Cottesloe 43
Perth Bayswater 44 def Wanneroo31
Wests Scarborough 18 def Nedlands 17

Wests Scarborough kicked off the second half of the Pindan Premier Grade season with a courageous 18-17 with over Nedlands at the ‘Pig Pen’ on Saturday.

Discipline threatened to derail Wests’ match with the Boars shown four yellow cards and having to play the final 20 minutes with just 14 men.

Despite the ill discipline, forward pack dominance, tries to Jordan Luke and DJ Ferris, and the cool head of Walter Koteka was enough to get the Boars over the line.

Wests Scarborough coach Scott Batters says the win shows the determination of the group after some hard truths were spoken during the bye week.

“The guys had to show a lot of grit there, you have to when you lose guys to the bin, you’ve just got find a way to hold on.”

“I think the try before half time really put us back in the game, scoring points when you’re a man down is tough and doing that right before halftime was crucial.”

After losing three games on the trot before the bye Batters says the team had a good look at themselves in the week off.

“The bye came at a good time for us, we had to just look at ourselves in the mirror and decide if we want to be a top four team or are we just turning up to play rugby.”

“The response from the guys has been unbelievable and they showed today what they are all about.”

Nedlands started the contest in a flurry looking to have a crossed the line in the opening two minutes only to be held up. After a number of reset scrums, Wests put on a massive shove to win a penalty against the feed and get out of danger early.

A yellow card to Nedlands backrower, Krysten Lawrence, handed Wests a golden opportunity to put points on the board but as tempers flared following a disallowed try a further two yellow cards to Wests Scarborough’s Nick McLennan and Eru Wano Smith put the numbers back in Nedlands’ favour with 14 men to 13.

Nedlands made the most of the extra space with hooker Logan Ede picking up from the ruck and dancing his way out of two tackles before beating another two Wests defenders to charge in from 35-metres out. Kauri Cudd converted to put Nedlands ahead 0-7 in enemy territory.

Yet another yellow card to the Boars for a high tackle saw the hosts down to 12 men as Nedlands returned to their full complement.

With men in the sin bin, Wests Scarborough were able to control possession and keep Nedlands at bay before they welcomed their men back to put both sides back to 15 players apiece.

The Boars began to play themselves into the contest in the closing stages of the first half stringing together some quality attacking sequences.

Jordan Luke eventually got the hosts on the board finishing off in the corner following a well-worked attacking lineout just 10 metres from the line. Walter Koteka add the extras to level the scores a 7-7 after 40 minutes.

The Boars continued to flex their muscle in the second half with their front row tearing through the Nedlands at scrum time to earn a host of penalties.

Earning a penalty just 10 metres from the try line Wests opted to use their dominant scrum and it paid dividends with No.8 DJ Ferris controlling the back of the scrum before going blindside, selling a dummy and diving over. The missed conversion left the score 12-7 in favour of Wests.

A fourth yellow card of the contest to Wests and second for Eru Smith Wano put the heat back on the hosts forcing them down to 14 men for the remaining 19 minutes. Cudd slotted the resulting penalty for Nedlands to close the gap to just two points, 12-10.

Koteka steadied the ship for the Boars keeping a cool head to knock through a penalty just one minute later to hand his side a five-point buffer, 15-10.

In a crucial moment, Wests pulled off a massive counter ruck to earn a penalty 30 metres out on a 45-degree angle but Koteka’s attempt just drifted wide to keep the door ajar for Nedlands with just over 10 minutes to play.

West continued to look for a killer blow, hammering the Nedlands line inside the 22 before the pressure got too much and the visitors were penalised for offside. Koteka nailed the kick from directly in front to push the score out to 18-10 with five minutes remaining.

Needing to score twice for victory Nedlands went on the attack and a piece of individual brilliance from scrumhalf Cudd gave his side hope as he darted over the line and converted his own effort to close the gap to a single point with three minutes to play, 18-17.

The 14-man Wests Scarborough unit stood strong in the closing stages, locking the ball deep in Nedlands’ half and forcing the visitors to try and take the ball almost 100 metres for a chance at victory.

After marching 50 metres Nedlands couldn’t find a winning score knocking on as Wests Scarborough held their nerve to run out 18-17 winners.