Rubgy Union: Palmyra routs UWA 37-10

Palmyra First Grade captain Shane Manu flanked by past and current club presidents Mal Siddons and Justin Petersen.
Palmyra First Grade captain Shane Manu flanked by past and current club presidents Mal Siddons and Justin Petersen.

PALMYRA travelled to University and came away with the points in a crushing 37-10 rout of UWA on Saturday.

The game was a must-win for a Pally side desperate to solidify itself in the top four as we enter the final third of the season, and it was mission accomplished with Palmyra now seven points clear of fourth-placed Kalamunda.

Captain Shane Manu celebrated his 50th appearance for the Palms in what was predicted to be a tough contest against the Students who are also vying for a spot in the top four.

The return of Pau Halafihi and Onehunga Havilli from World Club 10s duties bolstered the forward pack and allowed the backs to receive strong forward ball all day in a bruising game.

Tries to Halafihi, Havilli, Jackson Neilson, Matt Lander and Manihera Eden combined with two penalties and three conversions from Jared Trevathan meant came away with a dominant win over University.

Player of the match was Eden who continued his strong form in the back line leading the way to a demoralising loss for the Students and further cementing Palmyra’s position on the ladder.

The day started well with the Under 20s also winning and then the Reserve Grade team maintaining their unbeaten status with a strong 35-17 victory.