Fortescue Premier Grade Preview – Belt Up Round 6

· WA Premier
by Rugby WA Media

Belt Up Round has returned for 2020 to spread the crucial message of Belting Up whenever you get in the car. Belt Up has been a significant contributor to Rugby WA in years gone by and continues to enhance the education of road safety amongst the Rugby WA community. It’s hugely important that everyone looks after their family and friends by wearing a seatbelt every time you jump into the car.

Belt Up Match of the Round

Palmyra v Coastal Cavaliers, 3:30pm, Tompkins Park, Alfred Cove

The Belt Up Match of the Round is headed to the ‘Oasis’ to spread the vital message of belting up when on the roads, where Palmyra will be looking to redeem themselves after a slender loss to Associates. Trailing 12-0 early on, Palmyra burst their way back into the game with a venomous counterattack to deadlock the scores only to fall five points short after the final whistle. The Coastal Cavaliers are still on the hunt for their first win of the season and will be throwing the kitchen sink at Palmyra to ensure they get their season off the ground. Young fly-half Fionn McCabe had a busy day out for the ‘Palms’ playing 2nd grade and also made an impact off the bench for the premier grade side, displaying a cool head directing the backline around.

UWA v Perth Bayswater, 3:30pm, McGillivray Oval, Mt Claremont

Falling out of the top four, UWA will be back in the comfort of the ‘Library’ where they host Perth Bayswater. The ‘Students’ had no answers for a ferocious Cottesloe side last week going down heavily 55-3. Perth Bayswater made light work of Curtin in Match of the Round and unleashed the raw talent of number eight Faamanu Kalolo who ran riot scoring four tries while earning a place in RugbyWA’s team of the week. Depending on other results across the board a win for the ‘Numbats’ on Saturday could see them jump to 6th.

Nedlands v Wanneroo, 3:30pm, Sir Charles Court Reserve, Nedlands

It will be a monumental occasion for Nedlands on Saturday as they fight for victory in honour of club veteran Dylan Loversidge who runs out for his milestone 100th premier grade game. Nedlands endured a tough day in Joondalup last week as their unbeaten run came to an abrupt end and they were dismantled off the top of the ladder. Wanneroo fared no better against West’s Scarborough but will have optimism they can spoil Nedlands party.

Southern Lions v Curtin University, 3:30pm, Success Regional Sporting Facility, Success

Curtin will have special memories from this fixture last year when they won their first ever premier grade game in front of an extravagant home crowd. However, times have changed, and the Southern Lions haven’t forgotten their misdemeanour as they look to exact revenge on a new enemy. Following a 45-33 triumph over ARKS the Lions stand in front of a golden opportunity to enhance their season and claw their way up the standings. On the other end of the spectrum the ‘Goats’ will be hoping to rejuvenate themselves after a tough loss at the hands of Perth Bayswater.

Associates v Kalamunda, 3:30pm, Allen Park, Swanbourne

Following on from the 2018 grand final these two clubs have furnished some epic battles that will come fruition once again on Saturday. Escaping from the jaws of defeat last week Associates have a mountain to climb if they are to contain the mighty forward pack of Kalamunda who have caused headaches for opposition defences throughout the season. For Kalamunda the hard-hitting Rumble brothers will be at the forefront looking to strike their horns into some Associates flesh. Fostering a weapon of their own ‘Soaks’ will let loose fullback Robbie Ingram who has played out of his skin in 2020 while acting as interim captain in the absence of Lachlan Valentine.

West’s Scarborough v Cottesloe, 3:30pm, Bennett Park, Doubleview

Despite a shaky start to the season West’s are on a barnstorming run of wins that included a win over Wanneroo on Saturday and will look to topple ladder leaders Cottesloe who will arrive at the ‘Pig Pen’ following a monster 52-point win over UWA. The well-oiled machine of Cottesloe will be hard to bring to a standstill, but the Boars backline has been a revelation in 2020, with names such as Walter Koteka and James Walker proving to be standout figures throughout the competition.

Joondalup v Arks, 3:30pm, HBF Arena, Joondalup

The undefeated Joondalup Brothers have continued their best start to a premier grade season ever after dethroning Nedlands of top spot on the ladder beating them 27-22, while also retaining the Rugby WA Cup. Outside centre Kade Pearce sliced the Nedlands defence apart like a hot knife through butter, leaving countless defenders in his wake and was an obvious choice in this week’s Team of the Week. Looking to extend their win streak Joondalup will host ARKS at HBF Arena and are potentially staring down the barrel of top spot on the ladder depending on Cottesloe’s result against West’s.



1. JP Sauni, 2. Nick Hyde, 3. Paasi Fine, 4. Afa Manukia, 5. Alexander Beacham, 6. Alexander Masibaka, 7. Micheal Hardwick, 8. Mike Tafili, 9. Todd Lewis, 10. Luke Raduva, 11. Tevita Sifa, 12. Sione Tuitavake, 13. Christian Vainerere, 14. Sam Healy, 15. Hugh Norcross  

Coastal Cavaliers

1. Paulo Nu'u, 2. Jamie Reid, 3. Russell Egan, 4. Solomone Likio, 5. Hendricus Van Der Heyden, 6. Dylan Pirihi, 7. Jacob Crosland, 8. Liam Van Der Heyden, 9. Benjamin Alary, 10. Andrew-Shane Taitoko, 11. Joshua Batchelor, 12. Samuel Murray-Abraham, 13. Tanekeha Ngaropo, 14. Kaea Hohaia, 15. Toby Mead


1. Adam Fullgrabe, 2. Terrell Berryman, 3. Reginald Churchward, 4. Kieran Stringer, 5. Hugh Huppatz, 6. Robin O'Sullivan, 7. Ethan Cayless, 8. Cohen Masson, 9. Rory Edwards, 10. Caleb Young, 11. James Blackburn, 12. Tobias Hoskins (C), 13. Alistair Haining (VC), 14. TBC 15. Jack McDermott,

Curtin Uni

1. Peter Greenaway, 2. Caeleb Simkin, 3. Quentin Hay, 4. Adam Ansbro, 5. Austin Connelly 6. Sebastain Thogersen, 7. Thomas Chadwick (VC), 8. Vauea Sialavai, 9. Nikki Suckling, 10. Liam Becker, 11. Nicholas Chadwick, 12. Tomoki Ogawa, 13. Robert Fulton (C) 14. Daniel O'Leary, 15. Alexander Klewinghaus

Joondalup Brothers

1. Taine Yates, 2. Ford Hemi, 3. Jean-Pierre Mostert, 4. Mathew Holland, 5. Dallas Della-Vedova, 6. Chase Watson, 7. Ryan King, 8. Patrick Tuialii, 9. Josh Wells, 10. Sheldon Tarawa (C), 11. Fraser Jones, 12. Jordan Zietsman, 13. Kade Pearce, 14. Porikapa Tukaki, 15. Clay Uyen


1. Rangikino Paul, 2. Benjamin Rumble, 3. Mac Heke, 4. Caleb Marr, 5. Henare Houkamau, 6. Jacob Rumble, 7. Linton Horsburgh, 8. Norman Tapara, 9. Jack Weir (C) 10. Te Aroa Koiatu, 11. Usaia Ralulu, 12. Kitione Nairube, 13. Faamanatu Apineru 14. TBC 15. Blake Hignett-Stephens 


1. Kenneth MaCaulay, 2. Heath Tessmann,3. Jamie Hawgood (vc), 4. Sam Offer, 5. Drake Robson, 6. Ryan Townsend, 7. Kenneth MacPherson, 8. Aidan Laxton, 9. Hershelle Classen,10. Dylan Loversidge (c), 11. Jake Stevens, 12. Ammon Matuauto,13. Benjamin Carr, 14. Heremaia Kendall, 15. Callum Thomas


1. Ethan Poi, 2. Sioeli Vaituulala, 3. Piersen Kennington, 4. Andrew Sanders, 5. Hayden Croghan, 6. Jackson Pugh, 7. Hendrik De Wet, 8. Dylan Cunningham (C), 9. Hayden Whitmee-Lloyd, 10. Fionn Mccabe, 11. Adam Marshall, 12. Leighton Short, 13. Marcus Arrindell, 14. Adam Turner, 15. Manihera Eden

Perth Bayswater

1. Dante Tatafu, 2. Ben Buist, 3. Chris Kidd, 4. Keisuke Yagishita, 5. Jacob Buist (cc), 6. Owen Milburn, 7. Craig Smith, 8. Meihana Mason, 9. Liam Wynne, 10. Simon Hrbeck, 11. Brandon Olow 12. Kolia Konelio, 13. Faamanu Tofilau, 14. Benji Keenan, 15. Jordan Luke

Southern Lions 

1. Dean Kingi, 2. Jordan Shelford, 3. Victor Yong, 4. Alex Hales, 5. Sese Malai Tuifagalele, 6. Tashir Newsome-Smith, 7. Brody Eastwood, 8. Joesph Claes, 9. Mitchell Kingsmill, 10. Kyle Fell (C) 11. Jonah Naborisi 12. Sisa Waqa, 13. Bronson Hokai, 14. Meli Naborisi, 15. Liam Mckinnon



1. Andre Roux, 2. Scott Cornell, 3. TJ Vunivalu, 4. Nate Yoder, 5. Brad Campbell, 6. Luke Callan, 7. Ben Stimson, 8. Mark Cornell (VC), 9. Jared Deacon, 10. Robert Stortx, 11. Jordan Gratton, 12. Andrew King (C), 13. Pama Fou, 14. Kris Palmer, 15. Grason Makara

Wests Scarborough - TBC