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Fortescue Round 16 recap

Mon, 08/08/2022, 4:33 am
Rugby WA Media
by Rugby WA Media

Round 16 of the Fortescue Premier Grade saw the fight for a Top 4 spot heat up

The 2022 Belt Up Colts Grand Final crowned a new victor, with Nedlands taking home the silverware. Nedlands defeated Perth Bayswater in a thrilling match 18 - 12.

Nedlands Colts Coach Ammon Matuauto gave full credit to his team.

"You could tell there were some nerves in the air pregame."

"We had some boys only win 2 or 3 games last year, and for some, it was their first time in a grand final."

"I was so proud of how composed the boys were. They deserved the win, they worked hard for it."

Round 16 of the Fortescue Premier Grade was full of surprises, with reigning premiers keeping finals dreams alive and two teams tied on 50 points, battling for a top 4 spot.

Soak's seven-game winning streak has come to an end at the hands of UWA 41 - 19. UWA's Caleb Young put on a stellar performance, scoring 4/6 conversions and getting a try for the home side. UWA has retained the top spot, with Soak's dropping out of the four to fifth.

Scarborough Wests sit comfortably in second place now with a 34 - 20 victory over Perth Bayswater. Kainoa Gudgeon put on a show with two tries and 3/5 conversions. With the loss PBW is currently sitting fourth by percentage.

Reigning premiers, Cottesloe kept their final dream alive with a narrow 26 - 25 victory over Nedlands. Nedland's Luke Callan tried to lead the lions to victory with a couple of tries, but it was ultimately down to Cottesloe kicker Gio Leituala's accuracy that won the match. Cottesloe remains in the sixth spot, with Nedlands moving back into the top four in third place.

Division 2 of the FMG Premier Grade saw the top two collide with Palmyra, proving why they're in the top spot with a 40 -13 victory over Wanneroo.

With Wanneroo losing this week, Southern Lions are now only four points away from the second spot after a 72 - 7 victory over ARKS.

Although both teams are out of finals contention, Kalamunda put on a show for their home crowd with a 40 - 27 victory over Joondalup.