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I used to be upset I couldn’t make it to the ultimate. A 500km spherical journey is a bit laborious on a poor previous pensioner (who is just not actually on the pension and never that previous) and who drives a diesel guzzling ute at $2.20 a litre. A lot of this report comes courtesy of TAS Rugby Information – so due to them.
Anyway, it was a high of the desk conflict as Minor Premiers Launceston Tigers (season results of 13 wins from 14 begins) confronted off towards 2nd positioned Taroona Penguins (additionally on 13 wins from 14 begins however much less bonus factors) on the Penguins residence floor at Rugby Park, Hobart.
Launceston had booked their Huge Dance ticket after downing Taroona 36-24 within the Main Semi, while Taroona had knocked out Devonport Bulls within the Preliminary closing the next week to e book the rematch. And while many anticipated a detailed recreation, the Tigers had different concepts. To chop to the chase, the Tigers have been by no means headed nor troubled on Saturday with the ultimate scoreline of 62-19 being little however a demolition of the Penguins.
Beginning powerfully by dominating possession and territory, the Tigers laid on 4 tries in a 10-minute blitz halfway by the primary half, earlier than kicking clear within the second half to silence the Penguins’ trustworthy. Taroona have been courageous, twice repelling the Tigers over the aim line and probing their very own alternatives to attain first, however that they had no actual reply as soon as the Tigers obtained going.
That stated, it took a person piece of brilliance from MOTM TJ Pieters to initially crack the Penguins, with the halfback jinking previous three defenders, after a Neels Truter offload, and diving over within the sixteenth minute. However from there the floodgates opened, first by a runaway Leone Vonoyauyau effort after which by way of Truter’s solo cost down the suitable touchline. And when Marika Nadaulevu barrelled over on the third part after a fast faucet penalty, the Tigers have been scoring greater than a degree a minute. Vonoyauyau’s second attempt within the shadows of halftime left Taroona 31-0 down at oranges.
The Penguins rallied bravely for the second stanza, forcing a tighthead scrum and sending No7 Effective Taue over for a pie to open the second half scoring. Buoyed, Taroona charged again down into Tigers territory and appeared to wrestle again some momentum with a second attempt on-offer, however as an alternative solely discovering TJ Pieters, who snapped up a free cross and sprinted 80m to attain towards the run of play.
The Penguins continued to press ahead however have been once more their very own worst enemy, twice coughing up possession close to Launceston’s goal-line and paying the worth with Vuto and Pieters sparking long-range counterattacks completed by Naisorotabua and Chand.
Trailing 50-7, Taroona jagged some satisfaction again with late tries to James Holman and Jordan Eddington, however the Tigers weren’t to be denied, scoring additional by Lombard and Vuto to ship residence the ultimate nails and stamp an emphatic win.