A JAI Field-inspired Illawarra kept their premiership title defence alive with a thrilling 30-26 win over the Mounties in Sunday’s elimination showdown at UOW Jubilee Oval.
Field scored a try and laid on another to peg back a 12-0 deficit inthe first half, but it was his 60-metre effort with just over a minute on the clock – with his side trailing by two – that proved the match-winner.
Illawarra have kept their Intrust Super Premeirship title defence alive with a thrilling 30-26 win over the Mounties at the death, in their elimination showdown at UOW Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Sunday.
It was a shaky start for Illawarra, who put themselves under imMense pressure, allowing Mounties to cross for the first try of the afternoon through Will Cullen.
Mounties struck again with another try to Michael Oldfield after forcing a error from the scumbase, racing to a 12-point lead.
Illawarra quickly turned their fortunes, running in three quick tries in seven minutes through Jai Field, Sam Clune and Taane Milne to steal a 16-12 lead at the break. Field kicked a penalty goal moments after the break before Josh Kerr dived on a Jack Payne kick to extend the margin to 12.
Mounties hit back with quick tries to Yileen Gordon and Scott Sorosen to narrow the gap to two points before re-taking the lead 26-24 via Oldfield’s second try.
For the second week in a row, Illawarra delivered a clutch play in the dying stages, with the man of the afternoon, Field racing away to score underneath the posts, securing a 30-26 victory.
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