PALMYRA completed the first round of the RugbyWA Premier Grade season with a dominant 36-22 victory over Associates at Allen Park on Saturday.
In a game that pitched one against four on the competition ladder, Palmyra was on the back foot in the early stages of the match as the Soaks forwards came out firing.
The home side dominated territory early and its effort was rewarded with a converted try midway through the first half.
Palmyra hit back with a penalty to fly half Dave Neilson but Associates continued to win the early exchanges and play the majority of the first half on Pally’s side of the field.
However, with a couple of minutes left on the clock the Palmyra forwards broke the advantage line allowing Palmyra scrum half Kieran Duffin to score near the posts, which Neilson converted taking Palmyra to 10-7 half-time lead.
Palmyra switched into gear in the second half with two early tries taking it out to a 22-7 lead.
The Palmyra forward pack, led by big men Onehunga Havili, Pat Moss and Paasi Fine, continued to outmuscle their opponents and the visitors were able to convert two further tries to take a 36-12 stranglehold on the game.
Associates battled hard at the back end of the game and managed to score two consolation tries but the match well and truly over by that stage.
In other games, Palmyra reserves continue their unbeaten run with a 59-0 win.
Colts also remain unbeaten coming away with a 65-19 victory, thirds snuck home 31-26 in a tight affair, while the Palmyra women’s team continue their run of good form with a 24-5 win over Southern Lions ladies.