PALMYRA easily accounted for Perth Bayswater 49-7 in a wet battle at Tompkins Park to consolidate its lead at the top of the Premier Grade table on Saturday.
The rain held off in the early stages of the game and Palmyra fly half Dave Neilson capitalised with two early penalties to take the home side to a 6 -0 lead.
At times both sides struggled with their ball control in the wet and slippery conditions, however as the first half wore on the Palmyra forward pack were able to get the upper hand on their opponents.
With the rain pouring down, Palmyra lock Michael McMillan barged over from close range to put the home side up 13-0.
Palmyra was camped in the opposition’s half for long periods of the first half and only resolute defence from Perth Bayswater kept the home side from running away with the game.
A late penalty in the half by Neilson meant Palmyra went into the break with a handy 16-0 lead.
Palmyra came out in the second half carrying on where it had left off and with the weight of possession and field position heavily in its favour the home side ran away with the game scoring five second half tries.
In other games, reserves won on forfeit, colts had an impressive 23-0 victory, third grade continued its good form with a 40-13 win and fourths returned to the winners circle with a 64-0 hammering.
In the women’s game, Palmyra won on forfeit against Curtin/Irish.