A STELLAR defensive performance has helped Nedlands successfully defend the RugbyWA Cup with a 12-5 victory over Cottesloe in front of an ecstatic home crowd at the Foreshore.
The home side dominated possession and territory during the early stages of the match, setting up an early try on the right wing to put them up 5-0.
Andre Van De Westthuisen added another major with only minutes remaining in the contest, putting his side up 12-0.
The second half saw no scoring throughout its entirety, until a penalty try was awarded to Cottesloe in the final minutes, subsequently ending the game.
Nedlands head coach Luke Doherty said he was happy with his side’s outstanding defensive effort.
“Our defence was outstanding today, and it’s something we really pride ourselves on,” he said.
“The mark of a good team attitude is the way you play defence, and I thought we did great in that aspect.
“We were a bit quiet in attack, but that’s something we know we will have to work on.”
Nedlands built up pressure in the opening minutes of the match, allowing Jesse Toto to fire a bullet pass across to the right wing, putting his side up 5-0 after the missed conversion.
In the 38th minute, Nedlands added to their lead when centre Amon Matuauto created an offload, finding Andre Van Der Westthuisen, who beat the final defender with a quick spin move to add an extra five points directly between the posts.
Laurence Joel’s conversion gave Nedlands a commanding 12-0 lead.
The Gulls applied continued pressure on Nedlands throughout the majority of the second half, but they lacked the clinical finish they needed to get past Nedlands’ outstanding line defence.
In the 77th minute, Cottesloe was given a man advantage after Nedlands winger Shane Hemi was sent to the bin following continuous infringements at the breakdown.
In the 80th minute, a penalty try was awarded to Cottesloe after Nedlands was warned about continuous scrum infringements at the goal line, which ended the match.
In other weekend results, Kalamunda beat Perth Bayswater 55-7, Palmyra defeated UWA 37-10, Wanneroo had a 24-18 win over Associates and Wests Scarborough beat Joondalup 43-7.