Wombats outgun Kiama Cows

KIAMA Rugby exited Jerry Capetta Oval without boosting their points tally in either grade.

First grade lost 45-12 to Avondale in a grinding battle. Their big men battered Kiama's defence, with Leighton Cowley, Andrew Sulter and Mick Kauter bearing the brunt.

Avondale scored on the half-time bell, giving them a 17-7 lead.

Kiama were unlucky not to score on several occasions with last passes going to ground. Mick Quinn and Jacob Rewai-Couch battled in attack and defence.

The Wombats came out firing after the break, their big men pounding the Kiama defence and scoring two quick tries before Kiama scored again.

Aden Wade and Benny King Gee featured in attack, with Nathan Milthorpe and Jeff Mitchell making the hard yards, but Avondale continued their onslaught, with the final score climbing to 45-12.

The seconds also put up a brave effort, but were outgunned by the sheer bulk of the Wombats. They were always in the game but weren't rewarded for their toil with points on the scoreboard.

Heath Dennelly put in a huge effort, as did Johnny Wilkinson in both attack and defence. Wilkinson in particular pulled off some jarring hits on the rampaging Wombat forwards.

Benny Wade spearheaded the attack with electrifying pace sending evergreen speedster Magic Weir in under the posts.

Carlin Simon kicked and passed sublimely, but ultimately the Wombats' ability to convert territory into points proved to be the crucial factor and won them the day, 39-21.

Next week's home game against Vikings is Back to Kiama Day and Sponsors Day. It is also the first encounter for the Black and Blue Trophy.

Both teams are primed for big games to get their season's aspirations back on track.

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