Shoals battle to end in Digger Day clash

by admin on September 20th, 2019

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THE Shoalhaven Ex Servicemen’s Rugby Club joined with the Nowra RSL sub-branch to host this year’s Digger Day.

ATTACK: Shoals’ Jack Watts scored his team’s only try in their Digger Day loss to Kiama. Photo: DAMIAN McGILL

Digger Day, in its fifth year,raises funds to support returned veterans. As always, thanks to the co-ordinating efforts of Rick Meehan, it was a fantastic day out for all involved with the armed forces, as well as an opportunity for Shoalhavenrugby to showcase its game against local foe, Kiama.

The day also markedTui Aberahama’s 200thgame for the Shoalhaven Rugby Club.

Kiama first grade are a few places above Shoals on the competition ladder and played with great purpose, resolve and style to win the game by 26 points to 10. They were however made to work hard for every point they scored, as Shoals again put on a defensive display that won the hearts of the large crowd. Down but never out captures the spirit of Shoals rugby.

Kiama ran with a solid wind behind them in the first half and with a glut of possession worked their way to a 19 points to nil lead at the break. They scored three unanswered tries in the half.These came in 10 minute intervals but only after Shoals’ forwards and backs constantly turned them away from the try line. Possession told in the end and Kiama was able to turn possession into points when their backline finally stretched Shoals’ line that one player too many.

Shoals returned to the field in the second half and with an even share of the ball won the half by 10 points to 7.

Kiama ended up scoring tries simply because they were good enough to retain the ball for long periods and then finally launch some great backline play to carry them across the line.Although starved of possession in the first half Shoals did get some scoring opportunities.

One of their better ones came from their dynamic and free running centre, Jack Watts, who carved through several Kiama defenders from the half way line and broke into the clear. He looked certain to score but was run down by Kiama’s pacey winger just before the try line.

Shoals had more of the ball in the second half and using the heavily gusting wind to advantage ran in two tries to one to capture the half. They scored their first at the 10 minute mark, when Jack Watts finally got his reward for an all-round great game as he carried several Kiama defenders on his back and forced his way over.

They scored their second try just a few minutes later when, after a great run by Tim Lovett, a few pick and drives by the forwards, the ball was spun out to Stu Scibberas on the wing and he raced over in the corner. Conversions were not on the menu due to the windy conditions.

Next weekend is a competition bye.

Shoals return to Rugby Park for their final home game on Saturday,August 6 against Bowral.

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