Rugby union: Palmyra remembers former coach with 22-10 win over Wests Scarborough

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

PALMYRA stamped its authority on the Premier Grade competition with a 22-10 win over Wests Scarborough at Tompkins Park on Saturday in a performance that honoured the life of former head coach John Taylor.

The win against last year’s champions was a special one for Palmyra, who observed a minute of silence in memory of life member Taylor who died last week after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Palmyra started strongly when winger Michael Fotu broke through out wide in the first few minutes to score the opening try of the match, with fly half David Nielson converting.

Wests Scarborough then missed a number of opportunities before captain Albert Nikoro finally broke through the Pally defense to score the first try for the Boars in the 19th minute.

Nikoro failed to convert his own try and not long after Manihera Eden used some of his fancy footwork to score the second try for the home side.

Neilson again converted, and not long after frustrations escalated to a scuffle between the sides after the referee called a penalty in favour of the Palms in the 34th minute.

Nielson remained on target to take the score to 17-5 at half time.

Capitalising on a strong scrum, Pally number eight Onehunga Havilli crossed early in the second half to extend the home side’s lead, although Neilson missed the conversion.

Wests managed to score a try through left wing Jordan Luke and spent the final 10 minutes battling to secure a bonus point but were denied by Palmyra’s resolute defence.

In other games, reserves maintained their unbeaten run with a 41-20 win, colts easily accounted for Perth Bayswater 52-0, thirds ground out a strong 31-10 victory and fourth grade lost 67-24.

In the women’s game, the Palmyra ladies beat the previously undefeated Cottesloe 19-12 in a huge win for the team.

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