Camden closer to play-offs after win over Wollongong Vikings

University's Mitch Bell secures lineout ball. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

University's Mitch Bell secures lineout ball. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Camden coach Brendan Schoupp said the top four would not be determined until the season's final round after the Rams stayed in the title race with a 24-19 home win over the Wollongong Vikings on Saturday.

The Rams went into the game seven points adrift of Vikings on the ladder, knowing a loss would almost certainly bury their chances of back-to-back premierships.

The Blueys picked up a crucial bonus point and remained in the top four, but Camden are poised to pounce if Vikings stumble over the closing four rounds.

"It was a very important victory. It gives us an opportunity now to grab fourth spot," Schoupp said.

"It's going to come down to us and Vikings as to who finishes fourth. I really see it going down to that last game."

Camden's try-scorers were Mark Morris, Junior Mapesone and Faaleiila Tuaoi. Ben Greentree converted all three tries and kicked a penalty goal.

"We still need to improve, but it was pleasing the group I have at the moment really stepped it up," Schoupp said.

Kiama all-but wrapped up their first finals berth in 10 years with a 29-15 defeat of the Woonona Shamrocks at Kiama Showground.

"The boys have certainly got some belief but we're still not there yet," coach Darryl Thomas said.

"Shamrocks are a good, tough side and it was a must-win game for us to keep the destiny in our hands. The boys really stood up.

"Defensively we were good and we strung some pretty good tries together, so we're really taking some good steps forward.

"The boys are pretty keen to have a crack at Uni in a few weeks. The couple of weeks off will do us the world of good. We'll freshen up a bit and get some guys back.

"It's a good time of the year because games are really starting to mean a bit.

"You want those hard games."

University retained second spot with a 58-5 demolition of neighbours Tech Waratahs.

NSW Country star Paul Tuala was unstoppable, scoring four of his team's 10 tries.

The margin would've been greater had Leon Mason not missed six conversion attempts.

Competition leaders Avondale remained unbeaten with an 83-0 shutout of last-placed Bowral.


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