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East Coast

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Heartland Championship September 21, 2013 @ 2:30 pm Rugby Park Greymouth

WEST BEATS EAST

West Coast’s forwards made it clear they were not willing to back down from a challenge as they held off East Coast’s massive pack in a wet, scrappy 15-11 victory at Rugby Park, Greymouth, on Saturday, to add the Arthur Wickes Memorial Trophy to their cabinet.

No 8 Suamalie Tuiletufuga was unstoppable at the back of the West Coast scrum, as he led an impressive forward effort against East Coast’s huge engine room. The loose forward’s first break allowed the hosts to get out of a threatening period on defence on their own line, and his second made crucial metres in a string of phases before West Coast’s first try, scored by Maleli Mudu.

His fellow forwards also performed excellently, particularly on defence. Their tackling, along with a greasy ball caused by light drizzle, continually prevented East Coast from gaining any momentum.

A strong northerly wind was the main influence throughout the match, resulting in most of the game being played at the southern end of the ground.

It allowed East Coast to take an 8-5 lead midway through the first half as it made for easy goal kicking for wing Kris Palmer, although it also put West Coast back in the front seat in the second period when Alan Monk charged over the tryline following a pin-point Tim Priest touch-finder.

Priest also booted a penalty with 25 minutes left in the game, the last scoring play after Palmer had added three at the other end.

West Coast’s weakness seemed to be in the back three, with young players like wing Beau Cain and replacement fullback Nathan Smith perhaps suffering from nerves as they fumbled the ball and missed several tackles.

Lock Ricky Waitoa was East Coast’s best, he hit the defence line hard whenever he carried the ball, scored a try in reply to Mudu’s, and even outpaced Mudu to prevent a try after a Priest chip kick.

After Saturday’s win, West Coast is sitting pretty at second equal on the Heartland Championship points ladder but it has perennial heavyweights North Otago and Wanganui among its final three opponents before the semi-finalists are sorted.

Wairarapa-Bush leads the competition on 20 points from Mid Canterbury and West Coast on 18. Buller, which beat Horowhenua-Kapiti 19-15 at Levin, is tied for third, with North Otago on 15 points and Wanganui is one adrift on 14.

West Coast will travel to Thames to meet Thames Valley this week, host North Otago at Rugby Park, and then finish pool play by travelling to meet Wanganui.

Scorers.–
West Coast 15 (M Mudu, A Monk tries; T Priest pen, con)

East Coast 11 (R Waitoa try; K Palmer 2 pens)

by Matt Kersten ( GreyStar )

West Coast RU 15 - 11 East Coast

  • Saturday 21 September 2013 @ 2:30 pm
  • Heartland Championship 
  • Rugby Park Greymouth
  • Referee: Mr.J.Dustow
TR CON PEN DG
16 Darcy.J.Ralph Kalave Auali’itia
17 Brad.G.Houston Josh Manning
18 Kevin.J.Curtis Alan.B.Monk
19 Nathan.L.Smith Tim.C.Priest
30
Played
15
Won
0
Drawn
15
Lost

Previous meetings

17 May 76 3:00 pm Representative Match West Coast RU v East Coast 36 - 00
03 Mar 83 2:30 pm Representative Match West Coast RU v East Coast 36 - 09
23 Sep 86 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division East Coast v West Coast RU 14 - 13
09 Sep 87 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division West Coast RU v East Coast 10 - 15
17 Sep 88 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division East Coast v West Coast RU 48 - 11
02 Jul 89 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division West Coast RU v East Coast 16 - 22
12 May 90 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division East Coast v West Coast RU 15 - 12
13 Jun 91 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division West Coast RU v East Coast 18 - 27
16 Sep 92 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division East Coast v West Coast RU 72 - 03
25 Aug 93 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division West Coast RU v East Coast 09 - 14
24 Sep 94 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division East Coast v West Coast RU 30 - 18
05 Aug 95 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division West Coast RU v East Coast 19 - 05
17 Aug 96 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division East Coast v West Coast RU 10 - 24
04 Oct 97 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division West Coast RU v East Coast 19 - 33
12 Sep 98 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division East Coast v West Coast RU 35 - 15
28 Aug 99 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division West Coast RU v East Coast 41 - 13
30 Sep 00 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division East Coast v West Coast RU 32 - 27
09 Sep 06 2:30 pm Heartland Championship East Coast v West Coast RU 22 - 20
22 Sep 07 2:30 pm Heartland Championship West Coast RU v East Coast 29 - 15
19 Sep 09 2:30 pm Heartland Championship West Coast RU v East Coast 34 - 21
09 Oct 10 2:30 pm Heartland Championship West Coast RU v East Coast 33 - 18
13 Aug 11 2:30 pm Heartland Championship West Coast RU v East Coast 15 - 20
25 Aug 12 2:30 pm Heartland Championship East Coast v West Coast RU 23 - 16
21 Sep 13 2:30 pm Heartland Championship West Coast RU v East Coast 15 - 11
26 Sep 15 2:30 pm Heartland Championship East Coast v West Coast RU 10 - 22
10 Sep 16 2:30 pm Heartland Championship West Coast RU v East Coast 36 - 30
09 Sep 17 12:00 pm Heartland Championship East Coast v West Coast RU 19 - 32
13 Oct 18 2:00 pm Heartland Championship West Coast RU v East Coast 62 - 26
28 Sep 19 2:30 pm Heartland Championship East Coast v West Coast RU 19 - 21
23 Oct 21 1:00 pm Heartland Championship West Coast RU v East Coast 39 - 34