Scone kick way into decider

Match-winner: Scone players swarm around Lachlan Walmsley after he kicked a field goal to put them into the Group 21 grand final.SCONE Thoroughbreds won a golden-point thriller at Scone Park on Sundayto keep their A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Group 21 premiership hopes alive.
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Backing up from the U18s Lachlan Walmsley was the hero for the minor premiers, slotting a field goal off virtually the first set in extra-timeto down Aberdeen 31-30.

The jubilation was soured though by an injury tocaptain-coach Daniel Ritter, which looks likely to rub him out of the grand final.He was carried off in the first half and was on crutches.

He would have had some anxious moments on the sidelines after the Tigers clawed their way back from 30-12 down midway through the second half to level through winger Tyler Wolfgangin the final minute.

Fortunately for the Thoroughbreds the conversion was from the sidelinesand went wide, giving them a reprieve andsending the game into extra time.

A dropped ball in goal from the kick-off from the Tigers gifted the home side a golden opportunity, and they took it.

“Lachie was amazing,” Scone secretary Dave Casson said.

“He had a lot of pressure on him. Somehow he stepped to the right and hit it sweetly and it went over.”

Casson said there will be a lot of self-analysis this week about what went wrong after for the second week in a row giving up a lead.

“We were solid. Our attack was good, and the backing up and the lines were good,” Cassonsaid.

“We did what we’ve done all year.

“Then unfortunately we dropped off, for whatever reason, and they put a few quick one’s on us.”

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