Palmyra beat Kalamunda 22-0 in rugby union clash

Michael Fotu celebrates his second half try with team mates.
Michael Fotu celebrates his second half try with team mates.

PALMYRA once again proved its premiership credentials with a decisive 22-0 victory over fourth-placed Kalamunda at Tompkins Park on Saturday.

Pally saw little of the ball early on but in the late stages of the first half came back through try scorers Tutere Waenga and Jackson Neilson.

Neilson converted his own try and also slotted a late penalty in front to take Palmyra into halftime leading 15-0.

The second half started like the first with Kalamunda having most of the ball but failing to capitalise.

After a strong drive deep into Kalamunda’s half the forwards managed to get the ball into the backline, allowing Michael Fotu to cross for Palmyra’s third try.

Full back Waenga was best on ground with a solid performance in both defence and attack.

Palymra head coach Donny Stevenson told RugbyWA he was happy with his side’s defensive effort in what was a big game for his team.

“Our defence is probably the biggest thing we take out of that game,” he said.

“We were under the pump early and we defended our line really well.

“Full credit to Kalamunda, they put us under pressure but when we got the ball we were able to capitalise and turn it into points.

“For us to be able to take a lead into half time after not having much ball was a big plus for us.”

Steven said he emphasised the importance of the result before the match.

“We spoke about it in the change rooms, I told the boys that if we want to be contenders and want to have a crack at the top four then these are the sorts of games we have to front up for.

“We did it without much ball and basically just won it on the back of our defence and a bit of ticker.”

Earlier in the day, Palmyra hosted its junior carnival with nearly 300 youngsters playing from Under-6 through to Under-17.