Quarter Final One: Panthers defeat Manly in overtime thriller. With scores locked up at 12 a piece at the end of regulation, the Panthers took their first possession into the semis with the easiest try of the match. Final Score 16-12 Panthers.
Quarter Final Two: Eels defeat Titans with a first half of possession domination: Whilst the score-line will read a 14 -0 win, this game was determined by a mountain of possession by the Eels that kept the Titans scrambling for almost the entire first half before they finally were breached. Valiant effort by the Titans but the Eels are through to the semis. Final Score 14 – 0 Eels.
Quarter Final Three: Roosters defeat the Broncos in the first of the upsets by the team finishing second in their bracket. A failure to kick a field goal by being timed out led to the Broncos falling 1 point short in a game that was all one way each half. Final Score 15-14 Roosters.
Quarter Final Four: Storm defeat the Cowboys. Kudos goes to the Storm that made use of the ball to score this upset but it was more a tale of the penalties called than the excessive ability of the Storm. The weight of possession is important and it was all with the Storm. Sadly, after being nondescript for the entire tournament the referees decided to define the result. Way to go guys. Final Score 25-12.
Panthers Vs Eels.
Roosters Vs Roosters.
Game Two Australia Vs New Zealand Women’s teams:
With the the Aussie Girls one game up a win in this could make them the Women’s Nines Champs. A strong first half let the Aussie Girls head into the shed with an 8 point to nil scoreline and New Zealand looking for answers to the smaller Aussies speed advantage. The second half was a scoreless affair with claret flowing from the effort displayed.
Final Score Australia 8 – New Zealand 0. Series Australia 2 Kiwi’s 0.
Semi-Final 1: Penrith comes out on top in a strong defensive battle. The 13-0 scoreline was created by the successful attacks from their own half and the kicks were key in creating the space for the play. Penrith was on top and kept their line with very few attacks from the Eels getting inside the 20 let alone threatening to score. Now the team with the most rest between games is lining up for their shot at finals glory.
Semi Final 2: The Roosters came out firing and were two tries to the good before the always dangerous Storm replied with some individual brilliance from Josh Addo-Carr. The converted five pointer brought us to a tight half time scoreline of 11=7 in favour of the Sydneysiders. A second Daniel Tupou try extended the Roosters to 15-7 with five minutes left was soon cut to four points when the Storm responded with a lovely line run and a well finished off team effort. A bonus point try to the Storm to Mark Nicolls was almost the death-knell but a brilliant individual effort with an explosive Lewis try sealed the victory for the Roosters. Final Score Roosters 21 Storm 16