Karuah Roos convert on the buzzer to beat Clarencetown


THE Roos travelled to Clarencetown on Saturday to take on the Cobras.

In what was a must win game for both teams in the race to make the semi-finals, both teams turned up to play.

The game started with some hard hitting defence from both teams until Clarencetown broke through with the opening try from a high kick.

With the conversion successful, Clarencetown took a six nil lead.

In what was a defensive style game the Cobras scored another try through a kick and converted to take an early 12-0 lead.

In the hot weather the game was played in quarters.

After the resumption of the second quarter, with play going from one end of the field to the other, the Roos broke through just before half time.

Luke Perry put a kick over the top, regathered and scored next to the posts for Sam Croese to convert.

The Cobras took a 12-6 lead into the main break.

The second half started like the first, with Clarencetown scoring two quick tries, but missing both conversion attempts.

This took the Cobras lead to 20-6 before the Roos then gained some much needed ball and momentum.

With some slick backline play Luke Perry put Adam Crampton away down the sideline for the first of his two tries with a conversion attempt successful from Sam Croese to take the score to 20-12 in favour of the Cobras.

With some punishing defence from Mitchell Napier, Tyson Peters Josh White, Neil Baker and Nathan Ritzau the Roos began to build some pressure and with eight minutes left on the clock Pat Maloney made a decisive run into the defence line and got an offload away to Dwayne Fleming who went over to score, taking the score to 20-16.

From the kick off with three minutes to go Adam Crampton went in to score his second try of the day taking the score to twenty all.

With the crowd in his ear Sam Croese stepped up to take the conversion attempt as the full time siren rang.

Sam put the ball through the posts to give Karuah what looked like an unlikely victory 22-20 against a tough Cobras outfit.

Unfortunately Karuah player Jake Langdon suffered what looks like broken ribs for the second time this season in what was a very physically tough game and we all wish him speedy recovery.

Player’s player three points Mitch Napier, two points Adam Crampton and one point Neil Baker, Coaches Award Josh White and Sponsors Choice was Tyson Peters.

Meanwhile, the Rooettes were at home against Abermain Hawks, and the game day sponsors were Karuah Quality Meats and Tile in Style.

The Rooettes Kayla Campbell was first to score and Ebony Oakley converted for 6-0.

Lexi Beaton was unstoppable running in two tries before halftime and with Ebony converting the halftime score was Karuah 18 Abermain 0.

Second half saw Robyn Draper cross the line, Ebony converting 24-0.

Then Lexi went in for her hat trick and Ebony converted another for 30/0.

Captain Tamara Lilley was next to score and with Ebony’s boot on fire to convert her sixth try of the day to take the full time score to Karuah 36 Abermain 0.

Players Player three points went to Chantelle Gallagher, two points to Tamara Lilley and one point to Robyn Draper.

Coaches Award was Kayla Campbell and Sponsors Choice was Lexi Beaton.

Next Saturday is the last double header at home for the season with the Rooettes taking on Dora Creek kicking off at 1.30 and the Roos taking on top of the table Stroud kicking off at 3pm.

It will also be our Old Boys Day, followed by a Benefit night at the Yacht Club for Ben Langdon’s girls.

There will be a 2021 Storm signed jersey up for auction on the night as well as a monster raffle with lots of prizes and games to be won.


By Sonja EVANS

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