Rugby union: 36-30 win over Joondalup sends Palmyra back to top

Oh the pain: Cottesloe trounced Kalamunda 52-0.
Oh the pain: Cottesloe trounced Kalamunda 52-0.

PALMYRA returned to the top of the Premier Grade ladder following a high-scoring 36-30 victory over fourth-placed Joondalup at HBF Arena on Saturday.

Pally travelled to Joondalup keen to respond immediately to its only loss of the campaign so far and was boosted by the return of prop Mees Erasmus who sat out the Nedlands loss on standby for the Western Force

The lead changed hands on a number of occasions throughout the game with tries to Palmyra players Erasmus, Jackson Neilson, Joel Winterburn and Manihera Eden.

Eden’s try came in the dying minutes of the game to secure the victory for the visitors.

Fly half David Neilson had a good day out with the boot, controlling the game well while also kicking two conversions and four penalties that eventually proved the difference.

In other games, reserve grade belted Joondalup 67-0, colts beat the previously undefeated Joondalup colts 28-10, and Palmyra rounded out the day with a 57-12 win to thirds and a 47-19 victory to fourths.

Palmyra takes on Wests Scarborough at home in a game that will pit one against two at Tompkins Park on Saturday.

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