Cents were taken to extra time in their battle for a place in the Junior cup final last night,however they overcame their local rivals Coney Hill and set up Cents for a triple team cup final day.Cents have teams in all the Combination finals on May the 11th and they will be playing their other great local rivals Matson in the finals.
Cents had to overcome a totally committed Coney Hill last night who played their typical style of cup rugby which had Cents struggling for large parts of the match.Coney Hill did nothing fancy last night except tackle fiercely,peg the home side bag with a very good kicking game plus they competed strongly in the loose.
Cents scrum was strong but their lineout was not up to par and this helped Coney Hill have a large part of the possession.Cents were second best in the loose but their backs used what ball they had to good effect keeping their visitors on their toes in defence,Cents created a lot of chances but were wasteful throughout the match and this kept the game close.
The game was tied at 7-7 at half time and the score reflected the closeness of the two sides and Cents score came from a penalty try after a bad tackle by a Coney Hill player.Coney Hill took the lead after about 20 minutes of the second half through a converted penalty and looked good for a narrow win.However, Cents upped their game after they were looking at losing their semi-final and took the match to their visitors with renewed vigor.Cents levelled the scores at 10-10 when Shay Morgan converted a penalty from in front of the posts and in the dying minutes they forced another simple penalty which was missed right on full time.
The miss meant the match went into extra time and Coney Hill were also down to 14 players when they did not have sufficient front row cover.
The odds certainly looked in Cents favor for a comfortable end to the match,however this was not the case as Coney Hill battled for everything making it difficult for Cents to close out the match.During extra time Cents did conjure up a quality try scored by Scott Fritchley and this proved to be enough for a hard worked win despite Coney Hill's last gasp attempts to win.