7 May 2011
Perth-Bayswater first grade's promising start to the rugby season hit a major obstacle at Sir Charles Court Reserve on Saturday with a humiliating 49-3 loss to competition leaders and defending premiers Nedlands.
The loss dropped Perth back to third place in the competition, a point behind Cottesloe, while the Royal Blues stayed well clear of the pack with a nine point margin.
Perth competed well in the set pieces and earned a fair share of possession but were outplayed by Neddies in the loose and had no answers to the home side's speed and penetration out wide.
Perth trailed 25-3 at half time with a single penalty goal to flyhalf Damon Cunningham, the match virtually over as a contest. The team struggled to maintain a competitive attitude in the second half but finished strongly.
Coach Rex George said he knew the team faced a baptism of fire against the competition leaders but now the team knew what the standard was.
"We took a lot away from it. We can't go into any competition game, let alone against the best, with turnover ball and missed first-up tackles," George said.
In other grades against Nedlands, second grade lost 44-19, thirds lost 87-5, fourths lost 32-17 and Under 20s lost 9-0. Under 18s provided the only bright spot of the day with a 59-10 win over University Green.