KNIGHTS & CATS THROUGH TO GF!
AMNRL Grand Final XV will be contested between the New York Knights and the Connecticut Wildcats after both teams were victorious in their playoff matches.
In the first semifinal, the Connecticut Wildcats came from behind to snatch a thrilling 38-32 victory against the PA Bulls.
The Wildcats got off to a perfect start scoring the first try before complacency set in and the Bulls gained the upper hand for the majority of the game.
In a match that was destined to be a close
The Bulls came out firing after the break and when they extended their lead by 12 points late in the second half the match looked to be in the bag, and a Grand Final appearance seemed ominous.
The Wildcats however had other ideas and their left side attacking edge consisting of Curtis Cunz, Dustin Umeda, Salesi Tongamoa and Mike Schacter, lead a three try resurgence in the final 10 minutes of play that sealed the win and cemented back to back Grand Final appearances.
Best on ground for the Wildcats were Gareth Gibbs, Curtis Cunz, Mike Shacter, Mike Goward and Matt Walsh while the Bulls were well served by Captain Bryan Confer, Alejandro Valentin, Wes Haughton, and Ben Kelly.
The Wildcats attributed the win to their improved defense and the
Despite falling just one win short of a Grand Final appearance, Bulls Captain Bryan Confer was full of praise for his players. “I couldn’t be a more proud Captain today. Although we lost I consider the season to be a success for the PA Bulls.”
Confer was also able to pinpoint the moment in the match when his troops started to become undone. “The game came down to the fourth quarter and the Wildcats wanted it more.”
In the second semifinal match, the New York Knights strengthened their championship hopes with a polished 52-4 victory against a determined Bucks County Sharks outfit.
The Sharks got off to a great start scoring the opening try of the match. The joy was short-lived however as the Knights piled on try after try to take a commanding 24-4 lead at half time.
Leading the way for the knights was Lock Andrew Moody. The New York custodian was one of many try scorers as his team ran away with the match scoring 28 points in the second stanza.
What may appear to be a lopsided affair, the score line didn’t provide the most accurate reflection of the fierce encounter.
As Knights President Rob Balachandran told WeAreRugby, the score line didn’t reflect the toughness of the game. “It was a hard hitting match out there tonight. The Sharks kept coming; they never gave up - full
The Knights will look to win back to back Championships when they play the Connecticut Wildcats next week in the AMNRL Grand Final XV.
Tries Gareth Gibbs, Mick Mulvhill (2), Mike Schacter, Matt Walsh, Mike Goward, Dustin Umeda
Goals Walsh (5)
TriesLouis Tulio (2), Wes Haughton (2), John Grace, Mike Brazil
Goals Grace (4)
Tries Scott Hagenhofer (2), Mike Cartwright (2), Fitzjames Adams (2), Andrew Moody, Todd Fisher, Calder Orr, Joe Argueta,
Goals Fisher (3), Adams (2), Cortalano
Tries Kyle Gibbons