Wests player Graham O’Shanesy brings the ball into play against Easts at Salter Oval.
Wests player Graham O’Shanesy brings the ball into play against Easts at Salter Oval. Max Fleet

Wests topple Easts in upset

COMPETITION stragglers Wests knocked former competition leaders Easts from the top of the table in an upset victory on the weekend.

A Kane Chapman try with five minutes remaining broke through a tense stalemate to secure Wests the victory, 28-22.

The win was only the second time Wests have tasted victory this season.

Coach Nathan Tanner said the win was evidence a “rebuilding” stage of the team was finally coming to fruition.

“There's been a lot of hard yards done, and a lot of long hours put in, so we're thrilled to get a good result on the board,” he said.

While Tanner remained pessimistic his team could win the next four games to make the finals, he was optimistic about next year's campaign.

“We've made a lot of ground, and while it may not be reflected in our position in the competition at the moment, it's noticeable on the football field,” he said.

“The team has really gelled together with established combinations and the younger guys are starting to hit their straps.”

Tanner said teams from the upper echelons of the competition may get a surprise from Wests in 2011.

“We can beat these sides it's just a matter of playing our best brand of football and keeping composure,” he said.

“We'll be back bigger and stronger next year.”



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