Fortescue Premier Grade Preview - Round 17

· WA Premier
by Rugby WA Media

Fortescue Senior Livestreamed Fixture 

Associates v UWA, Allen Park. Odern Crescent, Swanbourne. Kick-Off 3:30pm.

The great rivalry between these two clubs will re-ignite on Saturday as UWA travel to Allen Park to tackle Associates for this week’s edition of the Fortescue Senior Rugby Livestreamed Fixture. 
It is a season defining fixture for both clubs who are both fighting it out for a final spot in the Premiership Division top four with UWA holding the fourth sport with 47 points while Soaks trail dangerously close behind on 43 points.
A win for UWA this weekend could all but end Soaks’ Premiership finals chances with only two rounds left to play until the semi-finals. 
However, the home-side should have their tails up this weekend after defeating a very challenge Wanneroo side on the road at Kingsway Reserve last week. 
Club Captain Lachlan Valentine was inspirational in the victory, picking up two tries and contributing heavily with ball in hand, Valentine has always been able to step up for this Soaks side when they need it the most. 
Despite a loss at home to a strong Wests Scarborough side, UWA will no doubt be bringing their potent attacking approach to the ‘Boneyard’ this weekend where they will be looking to pile on the points. 
They will be anxious to knock off Associates quickly this weekend not wanting to repeat the 28-7 loss to them back in round 10. 


Premiership Division

Wests Scarborough v Nedlands, Bennet Park. Millcrest Street, Doubleview. Kick-Off 3:30pm
Wests Scarborough will be expecting a much different Nedlands side to the one they beat earlier this season as they host the top side at the ‘Pig Pen’ for another top tier clash. 
Nedlands retained their spot on the top of the Premiership Division table last week in a 19-19 draw with Cottesloe, however they will need to lift their game against this lethal Wests Scarborough side who are on a high at this point in the season. 
A win for Wests Scarborough last Saturday catapulted them into equal second place on the Premiership Division ladder and now they will need to go one better and clinch the precious top spot from Nedlands.
Despite having mixed results throughout the season, the ‘Boars’ are surging home in the final rounds having won their last five games on the trot including a compelling win over UWA at McGillivray last weekend.
This game could be a perfect entrée for what is to come in the upcoming 2019 Fortescue finals series.
Wanneroo v Cottesloe, Kingsway Reserve. Spectator Drive, Madeley. Kick-Off 3:30pm
While they might be out of the hunt for Premiership Division finals, Wanneroo will be hoping to pick up a big scalp on Saturday when they host Cottesloe for a rousing fixture at Kingsway reserve. 
The ‘Roo Dogs’ were no match for determined Associates side last week succumbing 29-12, there is no doubt they will be hungry to seek revenge against Cottesloe who narrowly clinched an 18-10 victory over them earlier this season. 
Cottesloe will be looking to get back to winning ways after a bruising 19-19 draw in the Fortescue Livestreamed Fixture against Nedlands last week. 
After a stellar season, Cottesloe have had a fall from grace in the last few weeks with a draw last week and a loss to Wests Scarborough the week before. 
Not only have they lost top spot on the ladder, but if things don’t go to plan this weekend, they could potentially slide down to third place, making their semi-final campaign a lot more challenging. 
However, if the ‘Gulls’ can steal a win this week they could also jump back to the top of the ladder if their cards fall right around the grounds. 



Championship Division 

ARKs v Curtin University, Harrisdale Field. Gracefield Boulevard, Harrisdale. Kick-Off 3:30pm 
Curtin sent shockwaves throughout the RugbyWA community last weekend, claiming their first ever win in the Fortescue Premier Grade competition which has put ‘Goat Land’ on a late season high. 
Curtin’s captain Robbie Fulton put in a match winning performance scoring 15 of Curtin’s 25 points which included a delightful try under the posts.
However, it was Curtin’s uncompromising forward pack that provided the front foot momentum for the holding their nerve to seal the famous victory.
ARKs will be eager to bring Curtin back down to earth this weekend as they continue their defence of second place on the Championship Division ladder. 
ARKs were able to pull off another victory last weekend to keep their stellar 2019 season on a roll with a narrow 35-29 win over the Coastal Cavaliers, a fitting response to the loss to Kalamunda the week before. 
Curtin’s win last weekend has only made ARKs thirstier for victory and will no doubt add some spice to what could be a battle for the ages. 
Perth Bayswater v Palmyra, Pat O’Hara Reserve. Wellington Road, Morley. Kick-Off 3:30pm
Palmyra will be keen to extend their unassailable lead at the top of the Championship ladder this Saturday as they head to Pat O’Hara Reserve to cross paths with Perth Bayswater.
Having Western Force and Wallaby U20’s scrum-half Michael McDonald as well as Western Force utility back Jack McGregor at hand last weekend they were able trounced Joondalup 64-8 at HBF Arena. 
No.8 Dylan Cunningham put in an instrumental performance snagging a hat-trick of tries, while outside centre Marcus Arrindell and winger Trevor Smith also picked up two tries each. 
Perth Bayswater showed a much-improved performance against Kalamunda last week, falling 35-26 in an arm-wrestle at Hartfield Park. 
The ‘Numbats’ will have to string together an exhilarating performance together this weekend if they are to have any chance against Palmyra who have been leaving a trail of destruction in their path over the last three rounds. 
Joondalup v Coastal Cavaliers, HBF Arena. Kennedya Drive, Joondalup. Kick-Off 3:30pm 
There’s no doubt that this encounter will be a sturdy skirmish with both sides heading into this game battered and bruised from tough losses. 
Joondalup were outgunned by a resilient and commanding Palmyra side last week who engulfed Joondalup like the dark clouds that hovered above HBF Arena throughout the game. 
With third position in the Championship Division still up for grabs, Joondalup will have to throw the kitchen sink in for this clash if they are to have any chance of catching Kalamunda and jumping into the Championship finals. 
Despite a heartbreaking loss to ARKs, the Cavaliers will have to keep their heads held high this weekend as they look to complete 2019 in winning fashion. 
The Cavaliers again showed glimpses of their exciting brand of rugby against ARKs but a red card squashed their chances of a victory. 
If the Cavaliers can show their physicality and dominance this weekend, this match could be one worthy for the Colosseum.
Southern Lions v Kalamunda, Success Regional Sporting Facility. Hammond Road, Success. Kick-Off 3:30pm
Last Saturday will be a day to forget for Southern Lions who succumbed to a tough loss at the hands of Curtin University. 
They will be looking to bounce back this weekend against Kalamunda who clinched an important win over Perth Bayswater last Saturday. 
Although they were on the wrong end of a history down at Edinburgh Oval, the Southern Lions didn’t leave empty handed, scoring one of the best tries of the weekend through co-captain Greg
Jackson who glided over down the blind side of a well worked scrum. 
Despite the gap in the ladder between these two, Kalamunda will want to make amends for the last time these two sides met in round two when the Lions clinched a 17-10 victory. 

Starting XVs

1. Nick Beacham,   2. Jesse Tooala, 3. Ignacio Iturbe 4. Shay Lagan, 5. Lachlan Valentine (C), 6. Michael Hardwick, 7. Ben Enright, 8. Alex Rovira, 9. Lachie Phillips, 10. Rodney Iona, 11. Jackson Gilbey, 12.  Ross Palframan, 13. Robbie Ingram, 14. Facundo Aguirre, 15. Ben Moran 
Coastal Cavaliers
1.  Russell Egan;  2.  Isaac Conley;  3.  Bitner Tumanuvao;  4.  Hendricus Van Der Heyden;  5.  Ratu Berry;  6.  Terangiamoa Rapatini;  7.  Solomone Likio;  8.  Sosifa Likio;  9.  Zac Nicolson;  10.  Matthew Griffiths;  11.  Blayke Taiwhati;  12.  Dean Tyrell;  13.  James Petherick;  14.  Zebdee Learoyd;  15.  Bodie Etheridge.
 1. Ivan Fepuleai, 2. Gafa Su’a, 3. Laffs Ikenasio, 4. Kieran Stringer, 5. Ben Grant, 6. Alec Fontalvo, 7. Cohen Masson, 8. Tobias Hoskins, 9. Tim Parks, 10. Nick Jooste, 11. Jason Badenhorst, 12. Sam Parker 13. Ali Haining, 14. Tamba Lebbie, 15. Ben Meredith
Curtin Uni - TBC
1. Victor Harris, 2. Wade Botha, 3. Isaac Cavu, 4. Michael Cromie, 5. Matt de Beer, 6. Maikali Rabaro 7.   Max Wood, 8. Ford Hemi, 9. Keane Hird, 10. Liam Harrington, 11. Conor Callan, 12. Sheldon Tarawa 13.  Jordan Zietsman 14.  Porikapa Tukaki 15.  Daniel Redmond
Kalamunda - TBC
1. Tuki Raimona, 2. Urbain Lawrence, 3. Tom Sheminant, 4. Mike Egan (c), 5. Grayson Knapp, 6. Aiden Laxton , 7. Kaleb Whakataka, 8. Tevin Ferris, 9. Mike Botes, 10. Dylan Loversidge, 11. Al Momoisea, 12. Jackson Neilson, 13. Ammon Matuauto (vc), 14. Christoff Cronje, 15. Kauri Cudd


1. Ethan Poi, 2. Sioeli Vaituulala, 3. Piersen Kenington, 4. Hayden Croghan, 5. Andrew Sanders, 6. Aaron McPhee (c), 7. Kale Bissett, 8. Dylan Cunninham, 9. Michael McDonald, 10. Jack McGregor, 11. Trey Malony, 12. Leighton Short (VC) 13. Kelan Jones, 14. Chris Miller, 15. Adam Marsh 
Perth Bayswater
1. Harrison Lloyd, 2.  Ben Buist,    3.   Max Veech,   4.   Charlie Read,   5.  Brandon Olow,   6.   Owen Milburn,   7.  Jacob Buist (C),   8.  Faamanu Kalolo,   9.  Isaak Fines-Leleiwasa,   10.  Keenan Meade,    11.  James Lambert,   12.  Kolia Konelio,   13.  Walker Smith,   14.  Carlos Flutey-Clarke,   15.  Shane Parkinson
Southern Lions
1. Mike Smith, 2. Maika Siata, 3. VAKA, 4. Irwin Swinny, 5. Sam Toy, 6. Torben Sherry, 7. Matt Gibson (C), 8. Vereti Tupou 9. Reuben Keepa, 10. Kyle Fell, 11. Joe Ratu, 12. Joel Lamatoa, 13. Jonah Placid, 14. Petero Taituisi, 15. Jonah Narborisi
Wanneroo - TBC
Wests Scarborough
1. Nick McLennan, 2. Feleti Kaitu’u, 3. Dom Hardman, 4. Liam Clews, 5. Matt O’Brian, 6. Josh Tinomana, 7. Jack Taylor, 8. Issac Meo, 9. Michael Marshall, 10. Jarome Leonard, 11. Nika Morehu, 12. Louie David, 13. Chris Tuatara-Morrison, 14. Darren O’Donovan, 15. Walter Koteka