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West Coast RU

Nelson Bays

32

West Coast RU

15
Seddon Shield Saturday 5 August @ 3:00 pm Murchison

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A final 12-point flourish has helped steer the Tasman Griffins to a conclusive 32-15 Seddon Shield rugby win over West Coast in Murchison.

Hooker Pelefoti Siaki was the Griffins’ deserving late beneficiary, the feisty rake scoring twice within the space of two minutes to stretch their lead to 17 points with just five minutes remaining in Saturday’s season-opener.

It hadn’t always been that clear-cut for the Seddon Shield holders, particularly after they had given West Coast a 12-point headstart following first half tries to winger Todd Struthers and to big centre Regan Stanton after a breakdown in the Griffins’ backline.

But trailing 12-0 after 28 minutes, the Griffins finally responded through a try to hard-working No 8 Jacobus De Kock eight minutes before halftime to cut West Coast’s lead to 12-7 at the break.

When De Kock charged across once again from a charged down kick virtually from the restart, the Griffins were finally back on even terms at 12-12.

A try to right winger Kim Bateman, ahead of penalty successes to West Coast’s Nik Cumming and the Griffins’ Eli Kneepkens, eventually had the Griffins in front at 20-15. And with the pressure mounting, Siaki’s double late strike was enough to push them comfortably clear in the sixth defence of their current tenure.

It was a typical season-opening performance in many respects. Handling errors and miscommunication were predictable by-products of the team’s limited preparation, a factor not lost on head coach Dan Perrin.

“Yeah, there was a bit of rust out there,” Perrin said.

“It’s early days and to be expected, but I thought the intensity got better as we gelled a little bit throughout the game. So I was pretty happy with the intensity and speed and it probably showed in those last 10 minutes.”

While the Griffins struggled to find the right balance between endeavour and execution, there was enough genuine attacking intent to indicate more positive returns ahead.

“There was plenty of endeavour on attack … it was just mistakes. I think we counted probably 19 in that first half with unforced errors and penalties, so time in the saddle together and those numbers are going to come down and we can build a bit more pressure.”

His brace of tries aside, Siaki was among the Griffins’ leading performers, joining aggressive flanker Dan Hytongue and De Kock as their most consistent ball carriers.

The Griffins’ outscrummed West Coast in one clear area of dominance but while lock Sam Liebezeit showed plenty of authority at lineout time, the West Coast’s lineout also proved effective.

The Griffins’ backs all looked full of running but lacked the subtleties that extended time together will produce. Fletcher Matthews ran strongly on the wing and Tomas Aoake added plenty of attacking punch as a second half substitute.

Substitute forward Willis Scott also provided plenty of impact off the bench as the Griffins’ forwards began to generate more momentum during the second half. And as the passes and phases began to mount up, it was inevitable that the previously urgent West Coast defence would finally crack.

Overall, it was a satisfying first hit-out for Perrin.

“Considering the time together, there were some really good individual performances. The set piece I was really happy with and once again, it’s about building those combinations.

“There wasn’t too much indecision, if they ran, they ran hard. I think we got caught a little bit at the breakdown early, they pressured us there, but they adapted well and I’m pretty happy with the end result.”

The Griffins head back to Murchison next Saturday to take on Buller in their second defence of the season. Buller lost 29-22 to the Tasman Red Devils in Saturday’s early game.

AT A GLANCE

Tasman Griffins (Nelson Bays) 32 (Jacobus De Kock 2, Pelefoti Siaki 2, Kim Bateman tries, Eli Kneepkens 2 con, pen)

West Coast 15 (Todd Struthers, Regan Stanton tries, Nik Cumming con, pen)

HT: 7-12

43
Played
11
Won
1
Drawn
31
Lost

Previous meetings

28 Jun 1969 2:30 pm Representative Match West Coast RU v Nelson Bays 09 - 06
30 May 1970 2:30 pm Representative Match Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 06 - 19
05 Sep 1970 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 34 - 06
05 Jun 1971 2:30 pm Representative Match West Coast RU v Nelson Bays 15 - 14
21 Aug 1971 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 15 - 11
03 Jun 1972 2:30 pm Representative Match West Coast RU v Nelson Bays 10 - 13
29 Jul 1972 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 12 - 32
08 Sep 1973 2:30 pm Representative Match Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 23 - 12
01 Jun 1974 2:30 pm Representative Match West Coast RU v Nelson Bays 19 - 14
23 Aug 1975 2:30 pm Representative Match Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 13 - 30
04 Sep 1976 2:30 pm 2nd Div.[South] + Seddon Shield Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 07 - 28
06 Aug 1977 2:30 pm 2nd Div.[South] + Seddon Shield West Coast RU v Nelson Bays 04 - 11
08 Sep 1978 2:30 pm NPC 2nd Div.[South] Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 23 - 17
18 Aug 1979 2:30 pm NPC 2nd Div.[South] West Coast RU v Nelson Bays 06 - 10
17 Aug 1980 2:30 pm NPC 2nd Div.[South] Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 06 - 18
23 Aug 1980 2:30 pm Seddon Shield West Coast RU v Nelson Bays 03 - 06
24 May 1981 2:30 pm NPC 2nd Div.[South] West Coast RU v Nelson Bays 07 - 03
18 Aug 1981 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 09 - 06
07 Sep 1982 2:30 pm NPC 2nd Div.[South] Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 23 - 15
22 May 1983 2:30 pm NPC 2nd Div.[South] West Coast RU v Nelson Bays 06 - 14
08 Jul 1984 2:30 pm NPC 2nd Div.[South] Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 13 - 19
19 May 1985 2:30 pm Representative Match West Coast RU v Nelson Bays 06 - 07
02 Aug 1986 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 12 - 09
10 May 1987 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division West Coast RU v Nelson Bays 15 - 15
03 Sep 1988 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 21 - 03
20 May 1989 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division West Coast RU v Nelson Bays 12 - 20
14 Aug 1990 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 24 - 10
04 May 1991 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division West Coast RU v Nelson Bays 03 - 34
15 Aug 1992 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 92 - 09
16 May 1993 2:30 pm Representative Match West Coast RU v Nelson Bays 14 - 31
10 Jul 1993 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 45 - 03
07 Aug 1994 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 86 - 00
13 May 1995 2:30 pm Seddon Shield West Coast RU v Nelson Bays 19 - 48
01 Jun 1996 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 11 - 09
31 May 1997 2:30 pm Representative Match Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 50 - 00
24 May 1998 2:30 pm Representative Match West Coast RU v Nelson Bays 03 - 95
05 Jun 1999 2:30 pm Representative Match West Coast RU v Nelson Bays 07 - 69
28 May 2000 2:30 pm Representative Match Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 81 - 07
25 Jun 2000 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 40 - 05
17 Aug 2013 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 12 - 14
05 Aug 2017 3:00 pm Seddon Shield Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 32 - 15
11 Aug 2018 1:00 pm Representative Match Nelson Bays v West Coast RU 22 - 19
11 Aug 2019 1:00 pm Representative Match West Coast RU v Nelson Bays 17 - 28