Parramatta on top as Emus go Back to Penrith

TRY: Niko Dalivusa performs an emu after a try against Parramatta during the battle of the west at Nepean Rugby Park on Saturday. Picture: Ula Martin.

TRY: Niko Dalivusa performs an emu after a try against Parramatta during the battle of the west at Nepean Rugby Park on Saturday. Picture: Ula Martin.

Parramatta Two Blues have taken out the first grade battle of the west after claiming a close 33 to 28 victory over Penrith Emus in a match that saw the lead change several times at Nepean Rugby Park on Saturday.

The showdown came during the Emu’s Back To Penrith day, with a full program of rugby as well as children’s activities contributing to a carnival atmosphere on the day.

Kicking off at 3pm, the first grade match provided some nail-biting entertainment for the large crowd that turned up on the day with the lead swapping several times throughout the game. The Emus led 15 to 12 at halftime, however couldn’t keep up the momentum and went down by just five points at the final whistle.

Penrith Rugby Club president Jeff Fox said the highly competitive nature of the match proved the Emus’ progress over recent months.

“Over the last four matches we have played in first grade, we have had the lead on three occasions at halftime,” he told the Gazette.

The club’s U13 state champions were individually presented to the crowd during first grade halftime, and great support was shown by past players, current members and the community on the day.

“Our boys took to singing throughout the match, and the Parramatta boys were doing the same thing. We had a bit of a choir happening, it was a fantastic atmosphere,” Fox said.

The club will face off against West Harbour at home this Saturday. 

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