The Kalamunda Bulls put on a show yet again upsetting UWA in a thrilling nine-point victory at McGillivray Oval. The Bulls used their strength and pressure to limit the home teams abilities as they finished the game 10-19.
Running out a star-studded lineup, UWA started the match strong as they consolidated possession and forced penalties out of Kalamunda giving Fullback Jack Hardy the ability to open UWA’s scoring account at 3-0. But Kalamunda didn’t wait for long before they started to apply pressure to UWA, and showed an intense defensive structure. As they continued to up the pace of the match fly-half Preston Elama broke through to give Kalamunda the first try of the match as he crashed down near the posts and enabled an easy conversion for the fullback Tearoa Koiatu.
As UWA regained the ball they tried to hit back, only to be welcomed by massive tackles in a pure output of heart from the Kalamunda squad. UWA aligned Force product Chris Alcock stepped up to the challenge and lead UWA to gain great field position but were held back after Oscar Backhouse committed a yellow card infringement reducing UWA to only 14 men on the field. The half closed with both sides needing to step up and put points on the board if they wanted to gain control of the match.
The second half saw Kalamunda make UWA pay for their mistakes, as fullback Tearoa Koiatu took advantage of the overlap scoring to increase the lead to nine points. Kalamunda took control of the match forcing turnovers out of the young UWA squad. After driving up the field flanker and Western Force player Henry Stowers scored his first Premier Grade try putting the score at 3-19. Towards the end of the match, UWA tried their best to turn the game around as flanker Carlos Tizzano bounced a number of Kalamunda defenders to eventually score UWA’s first try. However, it was too little too late for UWA as Kalamunda again showed aggressive defence to gain control and finish the game off with a win.
Kalamunda coach Grant Oakley was pleased with his team’s performance over the last two weeks and credits the leadership and input of Force players Henry Stowers and Jeremy Thrush. “The team has started to build real momentum now, the boys are really happy about the result there is a real willingness to win now so I’m really happy about today,” Oakley said. “The impact from the Force guys is great, they bring plenty of energy and there is a really good feel around the team now and they have done a lot to add to it”. Kalamunda now move up into the number four spot on the ladder and a win in next week’s matchup against Perth Bayswater should secure them a spot in division one of the competition.
The whole team at National Plant & Equipment would like to wish the guys all the best for their remaining games this season.