NEVER before has a defeat carried such positive signs for a rugby club.
Perth-Bayswater’s seniors demonstrated the team is improving with a gallant effort against the Premier Grade’s rampant ladder-leader, Palmyra.
Palmyra had swept all before them in the first three rounds, scoring on average 49 points per game and conceding less than 16.
Perth-Bayswater held Palmyra to 32 points while scoring 20 – by far the best effort from any team to face the front-runners.
Brandan Olow and Nathan Hunt scored tries for Perth-Bayswater, and Dylan Parsons continued his perfect conversion rate, nailing two from two, as well as kicking two penalty goals.
The 12-point loss was the Numbats’ most impressive showing so far this season, and continuing that form could see them score plenty of wins against the league’s middle-tier clubs.
The Numbat seniors are 0-4, but on form should improve that record soon.
They face Joondalup in Joondalup on Saturday and will fancy their chances against a side who are currently 2-2.
The Perth-Bayswater reserves did not fare so well, losing to Palmyra 104 to 7, demonstrating the intimidating depth at that club.
While the result looks bad for the Numbat reserves it is worth noting their opponents have a ludicrous points differential of 356 to 24 from four rounds.