Lions trouble Terrigal in hard-fought rugby match
The Woy Woy Lions showed "some high standard rugby" in a "hard-fought match" against Terrigal in round nine competition on June 5, according to Central Coast Rugby Union president Mr Larry Thomson.
Early in the second half, Woy Woy was winning 15-12 against the points table leaders in their game at The Haven Oval, before Terrigal eventually won 37-15.
"Woy Woy will trouble all teams in the second half of the season," Mr Thomson said.
"The first half of this match was evenly-fought and there was nothing between the two teams at the halftime break.
"Terrigal started strongly and before long had crossed for two tries.
"This 12 points to lead so early in the match seemed quite ominous but it was not to be.
"Woy Woy had other ideas and played some tough rugby for the remainder of the half to get back into the match.
"Woy Woy kicked a penalty goal, then scored a good try to make the score 10-12 late in the first half.
"This remained the score at the halftime break.
"Terrigal suddenly knew they were in for a real battle.
"This was proved even more so early in the second half when Woy Woy crossed for a try in the corner and they took the lead in the match by 15 points to 12.
"Suddenly everyone had full interest in the match.
"Some of the tackles from the Woy Woy players were hard and Terrigal knew they had a struggle to regain the ascendancy in this clash. However this is what happened.
"Slowly the Terrigal side worked themselves back into the lead and then went on to record what seemed a comfortable win, based on the scoreline.
"But this was not so.
"It was a hard fought match with some high standard rugby on display from both teams.
"Terrigal knew they had the victory sealed up in the final 15 minutes of the match but they knew they had been in a game of rugby.
"Woy Woy had several good performances but none were better than lock Bruce Folau, flanker Jazper Doak-Stride, and No 8 Philip Shaw."
Scorers for Woy Woy were Mitieli Tamani and Philip Shaw with tries, and Corby Delaforce with a conversion and a penalty goal.
In Premier 2, Terrigal defeated Woy Woy 55-19 and, in women's competition, Terrigal defeated Gosford/Woy Woy 17-12.
The round marked the halfway point in the season, with a "general bye" over the June long weekend to allow representative teams to play in the NSW Country Rugby Championships at Tamworth.
Media release, 6 Jun 2021
Larry Thomson, CCRU