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Knights all smiles in title win

Kiama Knights reserve grade co-captains Tim Boniface and Glenn Roberts proudly display their premiership trophy after Sunday?s win over Gerringong. Picture: KIAMA PICTURE COBonesGummy.JPG Kiama Knights reserve grade co-captains Tim Boniface and Glenn Roberts proudly display their premiership trophy after Sunday?s win over Gerringong. Picture: KIAMA PICTURE COBonesGummy.JPG
Nanjing Night Net

A THRILLING 27-26 win on Sunday has given Kiama their first Group 7 Rugby League reserve grade title in 30 years.

Jack Alexander’s field goal inside the final three minutes snatched victory for the Knights in a hard-fought local derby.

An early 40-20 kick from the Knights provided the platform for Mitch Ellis to score out wide in just the third minute for a 4-0 lead over the defending premiers at Centenary Field.

An arm-wrestle ensued, but the Lions were made to pay for an error in their own half when Jay Delaney grabbed a converted try.

A piggy-back penalty afforded Gerringong the chance to hit pay-dirt at the money end of the field and they did just that when centre David Reid latched on to a cross-field kick from skipper Daniel Brown to cut the deficit to six points.

Five minutes later Reid powered his way over again, but Kiama tries a few minutes either side of half-time gave them a commanding lead.

Gerringong’s inability to clean up a kick enabled Ellis to pounce on the loose ball for his second, the Knights taking a 14-8 buffer to the sheds.

Following the resumption, Paul Kadwell quickly made it 20-8.

Just as Kiama appeared to have all the momentum, Gerringong responded when they found space out wide and Isaac Russell backed up to cut the deficit in half.

Arthur Stewart gathered a perfect bounce after Lions winger Taylor Hudson kicked, regathered and kicked again to lock up the scores.

The Knights appeared to strike the killer blow when fullback Tim Boniface fielded the ball on his own try-line, stepped around several defenders and found Delaney unmarked.

The winger ran 70 metres to score under the posts.

Desperation defence kept Kiama’s line intact, but giving up possession cheaply was all the opportunity Gerringong needed.

Lions halfback Blair Overton had too much speed and evasiveness close to the line, again squaring the ledger with less than 10 minutes remaining.

Despite Gerringong’s best efforts, Alexander’s drop-goal gave the Knights a historic victory, with Knights captain-coach Glenn Roberts awarded Man of the Match.

Kiama 27 (Mitch Ellis 2, Jay Delaney 2, Paul Kadwell tries, Jack Alexander 2, Matt Gladman goals; Alexander field goal) defeated Gerringong 26 (David Reid 2, Blair Overton, Arthur Stewart, Isaac Russell tries; Overton 3 goals).

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