IN wet and windy conditions, Palmyra drove home their premiership credentials with a hard-fought 23-12 victory over third-placed Nedlands at the Foreshore on Saturday afternoon.
Palmyra began the game with a strong breeze in their favour in the first half but it was the hosts who struck first through number eight Lorcan Dow after breaking through the visitors’ defensive line and stringing together a couple of offloads.
Pally flyhalf Sam Jurisich then nailed a long range penalty attempt to cut the margin to just two points.
The constant Palmyra pressure continued to take its toll on the home side, with another penalty infringement at the breakdown allowing Jurisich to convert, giving his side their first lead of the game.
The Pally forward pack then took control of the game, putting together a rolling maul from a line-out which started from outside the 22 and pushed the Nedlands forwards back to their line before hooker and captain Shane Manu scored to extend the lead.
Jurisich then made it three penalty conversions for the half after an offside infringement, allowing the visitors to take an 11-point lead at half time.
Despite having the advantage of the wind in the second half, Nedlands failed to convert opportunities, with a number of ball handling errors due to Palmyra defensive pressure costing the home side dearly.
The Palmyra defensive effort in the second half was immense in the face of a Nedlands side camped in the 22 for long periods.
Pally were eventually rewarded when fullback Mani Eden cut through the Nedlands defence, before drawing the final defender and passing to replacement winger Chris Miller, who finished off the move to cross the line. In other games, Palmyra reserves easily accounted for Nedlands 65-15, an under-strength colts beat the hosts 35-12, Thirds were no match for top-of-the-table Nedlands, beaten 46-20, and fourths went down 38-7.
In the women’s game Palmyra beat Nedlands 15-7 after tries to Australian Wallaroos representative players Nia Schaaf-Taufa and Maddie Putz.