Rugby Union: Wests secure premiership with 45-24 win over Nedlands

Rugby Union: Wests secure premiership with 45-24 win over Nedlands

WESTS Scarborough has claimed the 2016 Premier Grade premiership in an extra time thriller with a 45-24 win over Nedlands at McGillivray Oval on Sunday.

The first half saw Wests Scarborough applying the majority of pressure, dominating on the set piece in scrum time and the lineout, creating two defensive turnovers from Nedlands throws.

Tries from Nick McLennan and Jerrome Leonard-Tekanawa made up the majority of Wests points tally, with regular season scoring leader AJ Alatimu doing work with the boot to give their side an 18-3 lead.

Nedlands back Ammon Matuauto scored a double in rapid succession to open the second half scoring, putting Nedlands up 24-21.

An AJ Alatimu penalty in the dying stages of regulation time closed out the second half with the scores locked at 24-24, sending the grand final into extra time.

Wests Scarborough dominated extra time, with three tries coming from Riley Winter, Angus Taylor and Dylan Timu to seal the 2016 premiership.

Wests Scarborough coach Dwayne Grace said it was always bound to be a tight contest.

“We knew it was always going to be a close game coming up against Neddies but we never predicted it would go to extra time, and I think that just speaks of the skill of both teams,” he said.

“We picked it up in the last 20 [extra time], we really stepped up.

“We had worked hard all throughout the year on our fitness and that got us through in the end.”

Reflecting on the clubs 10-year premiership drought, Grace, who played at fullback in their last premiership winning side, said he had faith in this group of players from the beginning.

“It’s always special to win a premiership, it’s been a long road over those 10 years and we had our ups and downs as a club,” he said.

“We had a group of guys who we knew could get there, and today they went out and proved it.”

With four minutes remaining Dylan Timu intercepted a pass just 5m from the line and touched down to score in front of some jubilant Wests Scrborough fans.

Man of the match AJ Alatimu converted to score his 20th point of the contest to and finalise the 45-24 victory and Wests Scarborough’s first Premier Grade flag since 2006.

Luke Worthington