THE Kiama Knights guaranteed themselves semi-finals football on Sunday as they easily accounted for the Albion Park-Oak Flats Eagles 28-nil.
At the Kiama Showground, it took just nine minutes for the hosts to open the scoring when half Cam Vazzoler cut back in from the left, stepped his way through the line and reached out with his right hand.
He converted his own try and it was 6-nil.
Seven minutes later, the 2018 Michael Cronin Medallist turned provider, as he hit back-rower Toby Nobes with a flat pass - before the later hit a yawning gap and step Eagles fullback Kane Ball to score.
Five-eighth Tom Atkins' conversion made it 12-nil after 19 minutes.
The one-way traffic continued in the 33rd minute when skipper Kieran Poole found a charging Luke Chalker close to the line to score - with the latter powering it down despite four Eagles defenders.
Vazzoler again slotted the kick and it was 18-nil.
The Kiama Knights have booked their spot in the 2020 Group Seven Rugby League finals by defeating the Albion Park-Oak Flats Eagles 28-nil in the competition’s penultimate round.— Courtney Rhys Ward (@CortRhysWard) September 20, 2020
Coach Matt Clarke breaks down Sunday’s win - their fifth of the campaign. @NSWRL@mercury_sportspic.twitter.com/G7WhBsAGPF
The near-perfect first 40 minutes was capped off by Poole, who touched the ball down just inside the south-eastern corner post, following a sweeping play to the left.
Vazzoler's boot made it 24-nil at the break.
The onslaught continued in the second half, with Vazzoler juggling the ball before somehow getting a boot to it, which was then scooped up by winger Matt Morris to score the team's third try of the afternoon.
Vazzoler missed his conversion attempt, leaving it at 28-nil - which is how it remained until full-time.
In the convincing win, which saw Vazzoler, Atkins and Daniel Martin all end of the game on ice for the hosts, Poole, Josh Toohey, Tom Angel and Chalker were standouts, while Sam Clune, Jack Scurr, Josh Sainsbury and Kane Ball - who injured his ankle in the second half - did all they could for the visitors.
Albion Park-Oak Flats co-coach Ian Jones discusses his side’s 28-nil Group Seven Rugby League loss to Kiama, which ends their 2020 finals chances. The Eagles will end their season next Sunday at home against the Warilla-Lake South Gorillas. @NSWRL@mercury_sportspic.twitter.com/8TTSTrHArl— Courtney Rhys Ward (@CortRhysWard) September 20, 2020
The win makes Kiama, along with Gerringong, one of two teams certain of playing semi-final football in 2020, as the premiers have the bye in round 10.
The final position of Matt Clarke's men, who currently sit on 10 points, on the ladder will be determined by the final round results of Jamberoo (11 points), Warilla-Lake South (10), Shellharbour (10) and Nowra-Bomaderry (10).
The loss for the Eagles eliminates them from finals contention in 2020, with them hosting the Gorillas at Centenary Field in the last round on Sunday.
Sunday proved to be a historic day for the hosts, as they didn't concede a try against the Eagles in all three grades; first grade (28-nil), reserve grade (6-2) and under 18s (54-1).
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