Roosters and Workers to battle for grand final spot

Roosters and Workers to battle for grand final spot

Campbelltown City have cruised into next week's Group 6 Preliminary Final, with a comprehensive 40-14 win over The Oaks Tigers at Victoria Park, Picton at the weekend.

The Kangaroos, who earned the hosting rights for the match, were in control for three quarters of the game, playing in pleasant Wollondilly conditions.

The Oaks, on the back of two wins to finish the regular season, jumped out of the blocks following an even and measured start from both sides, with two tries in seven minutes.

Hamish Oxley crashed over from close range on the right hand side to open the account for the Tigers after 12 minutes, before his other winger in Casey Timmer scored the first of his double on the stroke of the 20-minute break. The Tigers led 10-0, and were looking good for an early afternoon, but the Roos had other ideas.

They dominated play for large passages of the remaining 60 minutes, with a seven-try haul bringing delight to the Kangaroos faithful, who made the trip down to the Wollondilly venue.

Rua Ngati and James Tautaiolefua scored in quick succession, giving the Roos a 12-10 lead which they weren't about to relinquish for the afternoon. Another try just before halftime saw them extend to 16-10 at the break.

After halftime, the Kangaroos, being led around the park by captain/coach Michael Stevens, added another three tries in the third quarter, putting the game to bed, and leading 34-10 with 20 minutes left.

The final period of play wasn't as impressive, with Timmer bagging his second, and flying winger Semi Rabici scoring with three minutes left to seal the 40-14 win.

Meanwhile, Thirlmere have come from behind to make their way into their second straight Grand Final, on the back of a 22-20 win over Oakdale at Sid Sharp Oval.

The Roosters can thank John Ryan for a three-try haul to lift them into the decider, but the Workers made them earn the win, leading for large parts of the day.

Next week will see Oakdale earn a second chance to make the decider, with a ticket into the Preliminary Final against the Kangaroos at Thirlmere Sportsground.

Earlier this season, Oakdale scraped past Campbelltown City 32-30 in Round 5, giving the Workers' coaching staff of Brendan Reeves and Russell Lewis some confidence, but they'll know they will need to be on their best to get past a Roos outfit, who were more than impressive in disposing of the Tigers.

Full results

First Grade - Campbelltown City 40 The Oaks Tigers 14; Thirlmere Roosters 22 Oakdale Workers 20. (The Oaks Tigers - eliminated).

Second Grade - Appin Dogs 16 Mittagong Lions 36; Thirlmere Roosters 12 Narellan Jets 10. (Appin Dogs - eliminated).

Under 18 - Thirlmere Roosters 34 Mittagong Lions 18; Camden Rams 22 Mt Annan Knights 0. (Mittagong Lions - eliminated).

Women's League - Campbelltown City 26 Highlands Storm 6; Narellan Jets 18 Thirlmere Roosters 0. (Highlands Storm - eliminated).

Third Grade - Warragamba Wombats 12 Camden Rams 20 (after Extra Time); Narellan Jets 22 Highlands Storm 26. (Warragamba Wombats - eliminated).

League Tag Div 1 - Narellan Blue Jets 14 Camden Rams 10; Oakdale Workers 0 Campbelltown City Blue 10. (Camden Rams - eliminated).

League Tag Div 2 - Campbelltown City Gold 8 The Oaks Tigers 0; Mittagong Lions 16 Narellan White Jets 8. (The Oaks Tigers - eliminated).

Next Week - Preliminary Finals (all games at Thirlmere Sportsground)

League Tag Div 2 - Narellan White Jets vs Campbelltown City Gold (Sat 3.40pm); League Tag Div 1 - Oakdale Workers vs Narellan Blue Jets (Sat 5pm); Third Grade - Narellan Jets vs Camden Rams (Sat 6.30pm)

Under 18 - Mt Annan Knights vs Thirlmere Roosters (Sun 10.30am); Women's League - Thirlmere Roosters vs Campbelltown City (Sun 12pm); Second Grade - Narellan Jets vs Mittagong Lions (Sun 1.30pm);

First Grade - Oakdale Workers vs Campbelltown City (Sun 3.15pm).