The Central Coast Rugby Union Premier One preliminary final was held at Woy Woy oval on Saturday, September 13, with Woy Woy defeating Terrigal by 29 points to 10.
The match was fast paced which saw Woy Woy’s offensive play clash with Terrigal’s hardened defensive line. Minute 14 saw Woy Woy’s aggression pay off when winger Kelevi Vatubuli passed inside to Tevita Tangi Noa who crossed for the try wide out. Woy Woy had opened the scoring and led by five points to nil. Terrigal responded with a penalty goal in the 25th minute when fullback Adam Danckert made the scores 5-3. In the 28th minute Woy Woy kicked their only penalty goal of the match to bring the score to 8-3 where it remained until half time. The second half saw Terrigal take advantage of a loose pass with Danckert scoring a try under the posts and bringing the score 10-8 Terrigal’s way. Woy Woy responded with a try of their own by prop Apisai Vatubuli which allowed Woy Woy to retake the lead 15-10 by the sixth minute of the second stanza, and then again in the 14th minute by Tangi Noa. For the last 24 minutes of the match neither team was able to secure the vital points they needed to widen the points gap despite aggressive action on both ends of the field. Right on the fulltime whistle Woy Woy winger Chris Hitch made a long break and crossed under the posts. The conversion of this try made the final score 29 points to 10 and saw Terrigal’s season end. Woy Woy will move into the Grand Final against Ourimbah. Terrigal’s best were lock Phil Heard, who was outstanding in the tight all day, flankers Dave Crawford and Ryan Metcalfe and centre Mitchell Hirst.
15 Sep 2014
Larry Thomson, Central
Coast Rugby Union