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WAR wins another rugby premiership

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WAR’s Dan Damen shoots through the Bangalow defence to claim a try in Saturday’s grand final. Photo Vicki Kerry

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Wollongbar Alstonville Rugby has cemented its top spot in local rugby after winning last Saturday’s first-grade grand final against Bangalow 43–12.

WAR have played in the last ten grand finals and have won seven of them.

‘It was a pretty comprehensive win in the end. We managed to dominate the set piece,’ WAR coach Bill Johnston said.

WAR scored five tries to two and also converted four penalty goals. At half time they had established control with an 18–5 lead.

The win was against the run as Bangalow triumphed in the last two encounters between the sides.

‘We had really good preparation and I think that was the difference. We lost a tough game 31–30 in the first final, and then we came back and won last week against Lennox Head after losing. a player to a red card after ten minutes,’ Bill said.

‘It’s good to be able to overcome adversity.’

No player was officially named as man-of-the-match but Bill gave it to captain Ben Damen who was playing his 200th game for the club in the grand final.

WAR also won the President’s Cup beating Yamba 38–3.

‘All the supporters are pretty happy,’ Bill said.

Lismore dominated the Women’s 10s with a solid 27–0 win.

In the U/18s Lennox Head beat Casuarina Beach 26–14.


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