Rugby Union: Wests Scarborough extends unbeaten run to nine and moves top after win over Nedlands

Rugby Union: Wests Scarborough extends unbeaten run to nine and moves top after win over Nedlands

WESTS Scarborough extended their undefeated run to nine, completing a sweep of the entire Premier Grade competition with a 33-28 win over Nedlands at Bennett Park on the weekend.

Nedlands was able to take the lead in the early stages of the first half on the back of a Christian Neihana try, however Wests went into the sheds with the advantage sitting 23-14 after tries from Beau Riley and Louie Toetu.

The second half saw a double from Nedlands scrumhalf Michael Ruru, however it would not be enough to overcome a stiff Wests Scarborough outfit who through a try in the mid stages of the second half, and lethal boot of AJ Alatimu, held on to move into top spot on the ladder.

Wests Scarborough assistant coach Will Anderson said while the win was ideal, their season was still a work in progress.

“It’s a good feeling, but every time we play Nedlands it’s usually close,” he said.

“We thought we didn’t play well in the first round against them so we wanted to make amends for that but more importantly focus on our game and what we could control.

“We started well, and we had a bit of a lull after half time and it let them back in the game where they played hard and controlled the ball better at that stage of the game and then we had to hang in for the last 20 minutes.”

Commenting on Alatimu’s man of the match performance, Anderson said he had worked hard to achieve such heights.

“AJ goal kicking was great, he prides himself on it and puts a lot of practice into it and like anything he gets out what he puts in,” Anderson said.

“He was captain today so it would have been an honour for him to win the man of the match.

“We aren’t going to get ahead of ourselves, there’s still eight games to go and anything could happen.”