WESTS SCARBOROUGH EYES FINALS BERTH WITH WIN OVER UWA
Pindan Premier Grade – Round 15
Wests Scarborough 23 defeated UWA 6 at Bennett Park, Scarborough
Cottesloe 34 defeated Associates 6 at Allen Park, Swanbourne
Nedlands 5 defeated Kalamunda 3 at Hartfield Park, Forrestfield
Palmyra 57 defeated Wanneroo 7at Tompkins Park, Alfred Cove
Rockingham 36 defeated Perth Bayswater 12 at Lark Hill Sporting Complex, Port Kennedy
A determined Wests Scarborough has one hand on a final top four position after downing UWA at Bennett Park today, 23-6.
On a windy Scarborough afternoon, the home side adapted best to the conditions and better capitalised on a wealth of handling errors from both sides in what was a scrappy affair at times.
The crucial 17-point win consolidates fourth spot on the Pindan Premier Grade ladder for Wests Scarborough and leaves the newly-located club firmly in control of its own destiny.
Wests Scarborough coach Dwayne Grace emphasised the importance of the game to his side prior to the match and was elated with the result.
“We knew if we won this one then we would decide our own fate,” he said. “We want the ball to be in our court, so if we play badly then it’s on us – we’re in control of the outcome.”
“Scoring right on half time today definitely gave us a bit of an advantage and some confidence going in to the second half.”
Meanwhile, UWA coach Steve McFarland was left to rue squandered second half chances.
“We had attacking opportunities, especially in the second half and we probably lacked patience and didn’t look after the ball as well as we should have,” he said.
With little margin for error heading in to the weekend, the Students must now produce three golden weeks to keep their season alive, and even then nothing is guaranteed.
“We’ve got three games to go we have to make sure we finish on a high,” McFarland said.
“Whatever will be will be, on the big scheme of things over an 18-week season it doesn’t just come down to this game.”
In a penalty-littered first half, both sides traded shots at goal with Luke Burton landed two for the visitors while Teava Terangi had the home side in front with three of his own.
On the stroke of half time Wests Scarborough managed to win a restart, and turned on their best passage of play for the half culminating in a Brad Lacey try as the robust centre bounced off defenders and scored under the posts.
The second half again belonged to the home side with wasted opportunities in attack by the Students handing possession and territory to Wests Scarborough.
Late in the half No.8 Pierre Roberts looked to have crashed over for his side’s second try but referee John Hill adjudged a desperate UWA defence to have held the ball up over the line.
However, it mattered little as Roberts broke from the resulting scrum and scored underneath the posts to put the game beyond doubt.
In today’s other results, Cottesloe proved too strong for Associates, 34-6; Palmyra thrashed Wanneroo, 57-7; Rockingham overcame Perth Bayswater 36-12; and Nedlands edged out Kalamunda in a low-scoring affair, 5-3.
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