Slow start for Woy Woy in hard-fought encounter
Kariong defeated Woy Woy at Woy Woy Oval in round eight of Central Coast Rugby Union on Saturday, May 29, running out winners by 48 points to 19.
It was an important victory for Kariong, according to rugby union president Mr Larry Thomson.
"This was another hard-fought encounter for the entire 80 minutes but it was Kariong who were always ahead on the scoreboard.
"Kariong got away to a great start in the match and were able to cross for several early tries.
"They had scored three tries, and led by 19 points to nil, before Woy Woy were able to post any of their points.
"It was a slow start by Woy Woy and not one that they wanted.
"But Kariong did play extremely well in those opening stages of the contest.
"A further converted try was scored by each team before halftime, for Kariong to go the halftime break leading by 26 points to 7.
"It was a very handy lead for Kariong, one which they maintained for the rest of the match.
"The second half was a far more even affair but the result had already gone to the visiting team.
"It was an important victory Kariong after two very close losses in recent weeks.
"The win places Kariong in second spot on the ladder in what is proving one of their best seasons in years.
"Woy Woy will continue to threaten this year and will be a danger for all teams for the remainder of the year.
"Woy Woy was best served by No.8 Philip Shaw, flanker Jazper Doak-Stride and fullback Marcus Hundt."
Woy Woy's score of 19 comprised tries by Ratu Neori Qiokata, Philip Shaw and Kabati Matanakilagi and two conversions by Corby Delaforce.
In the Premier 2 game, Kariong 53 defeated Woy Woy 7.
In the Women's competition, Gosford-Woy Woy 48 defeated Kariong 10.
Media release, 30 May 2021
Larry Thomson, CCRU