THE Kiama Knights booked their spot in the 2019 Group Seven finals on Sunday, after comprehensively defeating the Nowra-Bomaderry Jets 46-12 at the Kiama Showground.
On a day when the hosts were celebrating their under nines premiership winning team from 1969, Matt Clarke's jumped out of the blocks, to score the match's first points within the opening three minutes of play.
A sweeping by to the left by Kiama saw five-eighth Dylan Morris hit Tom Angel with a short ball, which put the backrower into a hole to score.
Halfback Cam Vazzoler easily converted and it was 6-nil.
The hosts were going at better than a point a minute when centre Jay Delaney danced his why through the Jets left-edge defence and slammed it down after nine minutes.
Vazzoler's conversion from out near the eastern touchline made it 12-nil after 10 minutes.
#Kiama#Knights coach Matt Clarke discusses his side’s 46-12 #GroupSeven victory against the #Nowra#Bomaderry#Jets - a win that seals their spot in 2019 semi-finals. #rugbyleague#Group7@CountryRL@SCRegister@mercury_sports@TheBarrowpic.twitter.com/dqBTV9Ld7I— Courtney Rhys Ward (@CortRhysWard) August 11, 2019
Kiama's red-hot start continued three minutes later when skipper Kieran Poole stepped inside his defender and dived over to score next to the sticks.
Vazzoler's simple conversion made it 18-nil.
But the Knights' early point-scoring crusade wasn't done just yet, with a fourth being scored following a some second-phase play being created by Vazzoler.
The half offloaded to hooker Daniel Martin, who then floated out a cut-out pass to centre Ethan Ford, who then put his winger Brad Killmore over to score in the western corner.
Vazzoler made no mistake with the sideline conversion and it was 24-nil after 18 minutes.
The Knights near perfect first half was wrapped up in the 37th minute when Dylan Morris stepped around his defender before using his blinding speed to score to the left of the posts.
Vazzoler made it five straight conversions and it was 30-nil at half-time.
#Nowra#Bomaderry#Jets captain/coach Dylan Farrell breaks down his side’s 46-12 #GroupSeven loss to the #Kiama#Knights - arguably their season’s worst defeat. They must now defeat the @GerringongLions to book their finals spot. #rugbyleague#group7@CountryRL@mercury_sportspic.twitter.com/pdxtYAStwo— Courtney Rhys Ward (@CortRhysWard) August 11, 2019
After their poor first half, the Jets finally woke up in the second and opened their account in the 53rd minute.
Dwyane Connors faked to kick before hitting Ben Wellington with a cut-out pass, which created an overlap - leading to Josh Coulter powering his way across the line.
Captain/coach Dylan Farrell converted and it was 30-6.
Any chance of a miraculous comeback by the visitors was put to bed in the 59th minute, when Martin darted out of dummy-half to put Tasman Gilmore over for Kiama's sixth try of the afternoon.
Vazzoler's conversion made it 36-6.
Danny Deaves scored the Jets' second after pouncing on a dropped ball following a Coulter bomb in the 70th minute - which was converted by the latter.
The match was iced by two late tries to the Knights; the first a long-range effort by Callan Thistlethwaite, following an errant Coulter pass before Vazzoler freakishly grounded a Dylan Morris grubber.
Half Vazzoler converted one of the two tries, to make it 46-12 at full-time.
In the win, Vazzoler, Martin, Luke Chalker and Tyler Clark led the way for the hosts, while Coulter, Connors, Zac Kershaw and Ryan James did what they could for the Jets.
Kiama will travel to Berry for their final round match, while the Jets face a must-win proposition against Gerringong next Sunday to book their spot in the finals.