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ANOTHER ONE THAT GOT AWAY

10 July 2011

Alfie Mafi
Attacking force: fullback Alfie Mafi

Perth-Bayswater  first grade blew a golden opportunity when it lost a hard, close game 18-10 against Wests-Subiaco, the team placed third in the RugbyWA club competition.

Perth-Bayswater led 10-3 at half time after one of its better halves in the season, lifted by the silky running skills of attacking fullback Alfie Mafi of the Western Force.

But once again a disappointing second half of errors and penalties handed the momentum back to the opposition and the opportunity was lost.

Perth opened well with a string of attacking phases, Maafi in full flight, and earned a penalty kick when Wests were caught offside. Centre Thomas Trautmann landed the difficult goal across a stiff easterly for a 3-0 lead after four minutes.

The game continued between the 22s with Wests making a little more of the play than Perth as both sides ran attacking ball and defended ably. Trautmann had another penalty chance from a similar position after 20 minutes but narrowly missed.

Wests had a good chance on the half hour with a penalty lineout and a series of phases in Perth's 22 but knocked on. Perth responded by running the ball from their line and when they gained a penalty on Wests 22, right wing Brendan Anderson finished a quick midfield tap and run with a scything attack to score beside the posts. Trautmann converted the sitter and Perth were 10-0 up with minutes until half time.

Clayton Cassidy
Hopalong: inside centre Clayton Cassidy steps it up

Wests finally got on the scoreboard with a wide penalty kick on the stroke of half time and the home side went into the break 10-3 in front.

Perth opened the second spell strongly but Wests came back to hammer Perth's line, only to eventually concede the robust defence was too much for them, opting to kick a second wide penalty and draw closer at 10-6 after 14 minutes.

Worse was to follow, Perth somehow making a complete mess of clearing from a defensive scrum, conceding the ball to Wests in a turnover, and allowing an insultingly easy try to be scored in the corner. This time the sideline kick was well astray but Wests took an 11-10 lead after 18 minutes.

Perth created some good chances but also gave away turnovers and made errors, gifting a pedestrian Wests team with undeserved opportunities. The visitors eventually scored from a tap penalty beside the posts and converted from in front to go ahead 18-10 with 12 minutes to play.

Perth battled hard as the clock wound down but could not string together enough phases for a cohesive attack and Wests held them out for a close win.

If this was an example of how the third-best team in the competition plays, there is nothing stopping Perth-Bayswater being up there with them but self belief and a little composure.

Brendan Anderson scores
On a wing and a prayer: Brendan Anderson races through to score

In other grades, seconds maintained a healthy fifth position in their competition despite a heavy 40-8 loss to Wests, thirds also lost badly to Wests 43-7, under 20s had a bye, under 18s also had a bye along with most of the rest of their competition as it is once again turning into a complete shambles, and the women's team again provided the only bright spot of the day with a comprehensive 54-5 win over Kalamunda.

The Evil Westaway Gang
Athletic supporters: Japie, Duracell, Osama Bin Westaway and Kelvin the Nice Accountant — the Evil Westaway Gang — give Wests an objective opinion of their skills. Words like "pathetic", "useless" and "crap" may have been used. Allegedly.


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