TRL Semi Finals
The Hobart Tigers have won their way to Tasmanian Rugby League Grand Final after a thrilling win in Saturday’s major semi final.
Down 30 to 18 at half time, the Tigers clawed their way back to win 46 to 44 against the South Hobart Storm in hot conditions at the University oval.
The Tigers started well, taking an 18 to 6 lead after 20 minutes, but complacency from the Tigers and some brilliance from Storm half, TK Tamaariki-Amosa, saw the Storm run in 4 tries late in the first half.
The Storm looked unstoppable, with full back, Shaun Kober, tearing the Tigers defence to shreds scoring two fine tries.
However, the Tigers came out firing after half time and took back the lead after some brilliant work by man of the match, Josh White, soccer convert Ben Whitehall and massive Samoan lock, Telea Lauti.
Lauti stunned the big crowd with a 50 metre try, brushing of 4 Storm defenders on the way, as the Tigers reasserted themselves into the game.
Whitehall scored a classic wingers try to extend the Tigers lead to 12 points with ten minutes to go, but relentless work by Storm workhorses, David Brennan and Daniel Job, saw the Storm peg the lead back to 6 points after another long range try from Kober.
With one minute left on the clock, the Storm scored again, but the sideline conversion failed and Tigers Coach, Sunia Ma’afu, can now concentrate on the Grand Final in a fortnight’s time.
In Devonport, the Launceston Warriors have continued their late season surge with a 50 to 16 demolition of the North West Coast Titans.
The Titans led 16 nil early in the first half, but failed to score another point as the Warriors machine clicked into action.
The big Warriors pack started to dominate their smaller Titans opponents, with Kolo Halifonoua making several big busts, allowing the Warriors backline to dominate the game out wide.
The Warriors went into the second half holding a slender 18 to 16 lead, but then the flood gates opened. Jerry Kylea scored two tries and was well supported by Jake Shayer and Gus Cosgrove.
The Titans were best served by, Daniel Apiti, Adam Pandelis, Dylan Chester and Owen de Haan.
The Warriors take on the Storm next week in Hobart to see who will take on the Hobart Tigers in the Grand Final.
Last Modified on 12/02/2014 13:38