The Wyong Roos have made it to the final four of the NSW Challenge Cup, after toppling Wentworthville 12 to 6 at Morry Breen Oval on February 23.
The match was a dour affair with both teams adopting a conservative approach befitting a knock out competition.
Neither team scored in the first quarter.
The Roos defended their line for long periods, but engineered few scoring opportunities of their own.
As possession began to swing in favour of the home team in the second period, the green and gold spent more time in opposition territory.
Pressure combined with field position were converted into points in the 30th minute.
Wyong right centre, Luke Dolbel, shrugged off some tiring defenders to crash over on the right hand side of the uprights.
Lachlan Hanneghan, converted to give the Roos a 6-0 lead.
The Magpies replied shortly afterwards.
The Wyong ball players crowded one another on tackle two as another chance for points presented.
The ball went to ground.
Wentworthville worked upfield, and aided by consecutive penalties, began throwing big men at the Wyong line.
The Roos could hold on no longer and backrower, Haimona Hiroti, forced his way to the in goal and grounded the ball.
Half, Beau Henry, converted.
Despite the visitors having further chances, the Wyong line held firm, and the teams went to halftime 6 all.
The match ebbed and flowed with the changes of possession.
Both teams were tentative.
Neither could gain physical dominance.
Wyong needed to play fast but lacked coherence and energy with the ball.
Wentworthville lacked the conditioning to maximise their size advantage.
Jarrod Kessler, stole the ball in the 55th minute close to halfway.
The Magpies were penalised during the ensuing defensive set.
Skipper, Mitch Williams, took a quick tap and skipped past the retreating defence.
The Roos created some second phase play resulting in, Ethan Tetevano, wrestling the ball down to score
Hanneghan converted to bring Wyong to a 12 to 6 lead, which they took into the final quarter.
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Anthony Clarke, Wyong Roos RLFC