Kiama Rugby Football Club travelled to the big smoke to take on the Wollongong Vikings on Saturday.
Kiama Rugby’s day started with the 2nd grade side putting in a solid performance against the ‘Blue Bags’ at Vikings Rugby Ground.
Harrison Lowe carted the ball up all day and was well supported by Jake Lee.
Young Jarros Taoni is getting better with his timing and had a solid game. Joe Timbs in the backs played against his mum’s better judgement as he had the man flu and outplayed his opposition.
With the score locked at 14 all at half time the game was Kiama’s to have, but with injuries taking their toll, the Vikings secured the win 21 to 14 on the siren.
The 1st grade team then took to the field and looked the goods when they raced to a solid lead after 20 minutes.
Zac the Fijian again played an outstanding game, securing a try early in the piece.
A highlight for all the old forwards was the set-piece lineout move that saw Ben Tacon race three metres to score and the Kiama scrum completely dominating the Vikings.
Nathan Tridall continually caused problems for the Vikings defence, as did the ever youthful Mick Kauter.
The game then see-sawed, with each team scoring their share of entertaining tries.
The Vikings kicker had a great day with the boot, however, the Kiama kicker did not, and that was the difference. But as the saying goes, ‘no excuses’.
The Wollongong Vikings won the clash 36 to 29.
After round 17, Avondale is on top of the Illawarra Rubgy ladder with 83 points, followed by Wollongong Vikings 69, Bowral 60, University 53, Woonona Shamrocks 45, Shoalhaven 40, Campbelltown Harlequins 26, Kiama 25, Wollongong Tech Waratahs 20, Camden 18.
Heading into round 18, the Kiama Rugby Football Club play their last game against Wollongong University at Vincentia Oval on Saturday, August 12.
In other games, Avondale take on Wollongong Tech Waratahs at Gerry Cappetta Oval, Campbelltown Harlequins take on Bowral at Campbelltown Showground, Shoalhaven take on the Wollongong Vikings at Shoalhaven Rugby Ground and Woonona Shamrocks take on Camden at Ocean Park, Woonona.