Showdown looms between Terrigal and Kariong

RUGBY UNION –

A Round Eight win for the Terrigal Trojans and Kariong Wanderers on Saturday, May 29, has set up these two teams as first and second respectively on the Swietelsky Premier One league table.

The top of the table Trojans have leapt over the Ourimbah Razorbacks after losing to them in Round Seven, due to a bonus point 62 – 5 win over Warnervale.

Meanwhile, a 48 – 19 win for Kariong over the Woy Woy Lions has also earned them a bonus point and seen them jump from forth to second.

Warnervale were host to Terrigal at Woongarrah Oval and hopeful for their first win of the season but it didn’t take long for the Trojans to assert themselves.

Within the first eight minutes, Terrigal crossed for two tries and then continued to cross at regular intervals for the rest of the first half.

With an unanswered 38 point lead at half time, the result was fair accompli, although Warnervale did create opportunities in the second half, undone by vital errors at the wrong time.

The result bodes well for the team moving forward into Round Nine this Saturday, when they will host the Lions at The Haven.

The Lions have shown glimpses of form and an ability to score tries this season but will be coming off two losses in a row including their latest loss on Saturday to Kariong.

The Wanderers got away to a great start with several early tries to secure an unanswered 19 point lead.

The Lions finally responded with a converted try but conceded one more to go into half time behind by 26 – 7.

With this handy lead for Kariong, a stronger showing in the second half by the Lions was not enough to upset the end result for the hosts.

The bonus point win places Kariong in second spot on the ladder in what is proving one of their best seasons in years.

With a bye week upcoming for Kariong, followed by a season break over the June long weekend, their next match will be a mouth-watering clash against Terrigal.

Source:
Media Releases, May 30 & 31
Larry Thomson, Central Coast Rugby Union.

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