Tries: Chris Hitch, Alifeleti Atiola, Ben Skinner
Conversion, penalty goal: Fokolulu Taumalolo
Tries: Ricki Chapman, Steve McGrath, Jake Holwill
Conversions: Scott Hanley 2
Woy Woy held on by a single point at Woy Woy Oval, defeating Kariong by 20 points to 19. Both sides went into this fixture knowing how important a win was, but also confident that they could get the win. It was a true battle from start to finish and neither team was able to gain any sort of real dominance on the scoreboard or the paddock. The first ten minutes saw the teams sizing each other up with Kariong having the majority of possession, but they couldn’t score any points and then, against the run of play, Woy Woy made a break and scored through their fullback Ben Skinner who had a very strong game for the home side. The tussle then continued, both teams would create turnovers but neither could then use their set piece to assert any authority on the match, often losing lineouts against the throw. Kariong organised a good backline play late in the half for centre Steve McGrath to score and give Kariong the lead 7-5. Woy Woy were quick to hit back with a try outwide to go into the halftime break up 10-7. Both sides knew they could win, as soon as either side was able to take advantage of the turnovers they were creating they would be able to gain the momentum needed to score the necessary points. However, the second half continued in much the same vain as the first with neither side able to get completely on top. An early penalty goal to Woy Woy’s Fokolulu Taumalolo kept the Lions on top, 13-7 and soon after Woy Woy were able to break through the Wanderers defence at the edge of the ruck and flanker Chris Hitch was rewarded with a try under the posts. The conversion had Woy Woy up by 20 points to 7. At that stage, Woy Woy finally gained some ascendancy and were able to starve Kariong of the ball. From nowhere, Kariong obtained a loose ball and ran the length of the field to score and the conversion from near the sideline made the score 20-14. Kariong scored again soon after, closing the score to be 20-19 and this time the conversion from the sideline was unsuccessful. The last 10 minutes was an even affair, Kariong threw everything at their opposition to no avail as Woy Woy hung on to win. ccru
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