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SATURDAY, 1st MAY, 2021

Kariong 26 Isaac Wardle, Nick Outram, Jackson Parkes,
Mitch Clay tries;
Lachlan Peruch 3 conversions
drew with
Hornsby 26 Hosea Fotukava, Sione Ala, Mitch Fullagar,
Mitchell MacDonald tries;
Sione Ala 3 conversions

Avoca Beach 31 Blake Jacob, Fion Henderson-Foley,
Mitchell Briggs, Cade Robertson tries;
Sam Evans 3 penalty goals. 1 conversion
Razorbacks 24 Jarrod Grange, Caleb Pritchard, Josefa Biu,
Harrison Sexton tries;
Jarrod Grange 2 conversions

The Lakes 57 Jaydan Nauluvula 4, Macui Rauluni 2,
Reihana Hemopo 2, Jason Kakato tries;
Logan Hemopo 6 conversions
Woy Woy 28 Jim Meya, Kabati Matanakilagi,
Zac Doak-Stride, Vetaia Sinalevu tries;
Vetaia Sinalevu 3 conversions;
Kabati Matanakilagi1 conversion

Kariong 14
Razorbacks 12
Terrigal 10
Avoca Beach 9
Hornsby 8
Woy Woy 6
The Lakes 5
Warnervale 3

Hornsby 22 Kariong 10
Avoca Beach 19 Razorbacks 7
The Lakes 68 Woy Woy 12

Kariong 19 Hornsby 0
Avoca Beach 28 Razorbacks 6
Terrigal White 21 The Bay 7
Terrigal Blue 34 Terrigal White 10

Hornsby 22 Kariong 0
Avoca Beach 36 Razorbacks 10
Gosford/Woy Woy 39 The Lakes 5

In a wonderful game of Swietelsky Shield Premier 1 rugby at Mark Taylor Oval, Hornsby and Kariong played out a 26 all draw. This match went neck and neck for the entire 80 minutes, and the game was only tied up at the fulltime whistle. Kariong opened the scoring with a try in the opening two minutes and it was just the start the visitors wanted. However, Hornsby hit back soon after with a converted try to take the lead by 7 points to 5. The scores in the match were always close and neither team was able to make a break on the other. The quality of the rugby was excellent and the intensity of the match was there for all to see. Kariong were keen to maintain their great recent form while Hornsby were wanting to celebrate their first home match with a win. The match remined even for the middle stages of the first half. Then Kariong next took the lead with a try, to lead 12-10, but soon after again, Hornsby responded with a second converted try to take the lead again 14-12. It was certainly proving a see-sawing clash. Hornsby scored their third try close to half time to go to the break leading by 19 points to 12. The second half continued in much the same vein, both teams giving their all and both teams have their respective periods of attack and defence. It was proving a hard fought and very even encounter. Kariong locked the scores up at 19 points apiece early in the half and the scores stayed that way for quite a while. Both teams had several excellent performances. For Hornsby, five-eight Sione Ala was excellent in all aspects of play, and he was very well supported by hooker Hosea Fotukava, No.8 James McCarthy, halfback Jack Woodrow and fullback Mitch Fullagar. Kariong were best served by flanker Nick Outram, lock Taylor Mildren, centre Lachlan Peruch, and halves Scott Hanley and Mitch Clay. Hornsby took the lead with about ten minutes to go but Kariong were not to be outdone. Kariong finished the match with several close attacks at the tryline and they were rewarded right in fulltime with a converted try to Mitch Clay to level the scores at 26 all. In some ways, the draw was an appropriate result for the match but both teams would rue the opportunity to get the victory. Both teams proved they will be close to the action at the end of the season.

Avoca Beach hosted the Razorbacks at Heazlett Park and were able to record a meritorious 31 to 24 win over the previously undefeated Razorbacks, Avoca Beach got away to a good start in this match and they were showing right from the kick-off they were to be a force on the day. They opened the scoring with two penalty goals to Sam Evans and they took an early 6 nil lead. The Razorbacks were quick to respond and scored the first try in the match to reduce the lead to 6-5. However, it remained Avoca Beach in the ascendancy for much of the rest of the first half and they were able to post a further 15 points in the half. Avoca Beach went to the halftime break with a very handy 21 points to 12 lead and it was all up to the Razorbacks to make a comeback in the second half. For most rugby supporters the size of the lead at the halfway point came as a surprise but the home side were certainly playing the better rugby. The second half was a far more even affair and both teams went point for point but that half time lead to Avoca Beach remained the difference. The Razorbacks did outscore the home team by 12 point to 10 in the second period but it was all too late. Best players for Avoca Beach were flankers Blake Jacob and Eden McQueen, five-eight Sam Evans, and fullback Mitch Briggs. The Razorbacks were best served by locks James Mann and Josefa Biu, hooker Sam Kearney and five-eight Pat Martin. The result of this match, and several others recently, have proved that this year’s competition is a very even affair and no team can be taken lightly. It all makes for a very interesting season.

The Lakes proved too strong for Woy Woy at Slade Park to record their first win of the season to the tune of 57 points to 28. It was Woy Woy who opened the scoring in this match and took the early lead. In fact, they led by 14 points to 7 early in the match and seemed they were continuing their great form from the previous Saturday. However gradually The Lakes took control and cemented a lead to demonstrate their best form for the year. The Lakes quickly grabbed the lead and jumped ahead and by halftime had leapt to a very handy 26 points to 14 lead. The Lakes were played some great rugby and their mercurial backline was proving almost unstoppable. The Lakes continued this form into the second half and were able to post a further 31 points in the final 40 minutes. Woy Woy did not stop however – they posted a further two tries to grab a valuable bonus point. It was obvious The Lakes wanted their first win for the year. Best players for The Lakes were fullback Jaydan Nauluvula, who crossed for 4 outstanding tries. Others to play well were back Macui Rauluni, who crossed for 2 tries, prop Ben Kaifa and five-eight Fillimoni Seru. Woy Woy gave it their all and their best performers were No.8 Philip Shaw, lock Pita Pio and hooker Unaloto Tupou.

The Bay lost their President’s Cup clash with Terrigal White by 27 points to 21, in what proved a tough tussle throughout.

Women’s 10’s rugby continued with three excellent matches. Wins were recorded by Gosford/Woy Woy, Avoca Beach and Hornsby. All three victors won their respective matches relatively easily, but this competition is certainly warming up. The quality of the matches are proving a real highlight each Saturday and all eight teams are showing they can get the right result on their day.

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