SFGG Edge Past Belmont Shore

SFGG made up in part for their disappointment in missing the grand final by beating Belmont Shore 20-18 to finish in third place. It wasn't the end result they wanted for the totality of the season but it has to feel good to end on a high note. For Belmont Shore the match was emblematic of their season where they were close in most matches but couldn't find the breakthrough. 

Lemoto Filikitonga nearly had the first try of the match after a long break but Belmont was able to hold them. Still, the pressure kept coming from SFGG and soon they were rewarded via the Opeti brothers with Okusi Opeti scoring to take the early lead. Volney Rouse hit the conversion to put SFGG up 7-0. 

Still, Belmont Shore were going to be kept off the board for long. A line out maul resulted in Brice Schilling scoring a try and Andy Jackson converting to knot it up at 7-7. Rouse would add another penalty for SFGG but from there Belmont Shore added another try about ten minutes later. It was Schilling again but this time with a pick and go at close range. The conversion missed but Belmont Shore led 12-10. 

SFGG went ahead permanently in the second half. Izzie Donaldson made a break before finding Filikitonga in the corner for the score. That put SFGG up 15-12. At the 55th minute mark Tom Rooke scored yet another try for SFGG as they wen tup 20-12 with about 20 minutes left. Belmont Shore scored two penalties from Andy Jackson to make it close but Belmont simply ran out of time to complete the comeback.