PALMYRA centre Jackson Neilson crashed over at the death to secure a 45-43 victory over Cottesloe in the first game of the second round of the Premier Grade competition played at Tompkins Park on Saturday.
Despite starting the match strongly and racing to a 14-0 lead after only five minutes and a comprehensive 33-7 lead at half time, the Palmyra side made hard work of securing victory against a committed Cottesloe team that never stopped trying all day.
Pally appeared to switch off in the second half, with Cottesloe scoring twice early to claw their way back into the game 33-21.
In an uncharacteristic defensive display by home side, poor tackling allowed the momentum in the second half to swing to Cottesloe who piled on the pressure.
The teams traded tries to take the score to 40-26, with Palmyra believing they had done enough to secure the game.
Unfortunately, the Palmyra forwards appeared to be out of gas late in the second half allowing Cottesloe to score two more tries and edge ahead 43-40 with minutes left on the clock.
However, Neilson prevented what would have been an epic comeback to steal victory for Palmyra with a try just before the siren.
In other games reserve won 46-13, colts accounted for Nedlands colts 43-12, thirds and fourths went down 27-14 and 41-5 respectively and the Palmyra women lost 17-0 in a hard fought affair against Cottesloe.