Hamilton Old Boys come from behind to claim Waikato women's club rugby title
A thrilling come-from-behind victory has secured Hamilton Old Boys the Waikato women's club rugby title.
They beat favourites and defending champions University 19-10 on Saturday afternoon, after trailing 10-0 at halftime.
Playing on their home ground, University opened the scoring inside six minutes, when prop Kate Anderson dove over.
They then extended their lead to 10 midway through the half, as hooker Natalie Delamere scored their second..
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Both tries went unconverted, and left University up 10-0 as the halftime whistle sounded.
But in the second half, it was all Old Boys.
They began to close the gap quickly, as continuous pressure led to centre Donna Fermanis scoring a try, that cut the deficit in half as the conversion was missed.
With about 20 minutes remaining Old Boys winger Veronica Sue went over for a try to draw the scores level, and Ari Bayler's conversion meant they hit the lead for the first time in the game.
Old Boys extended their lead with four minutes to play, as Fermanis picked up her second try of the match and Bayler converted it, pushing the margin out to nine.
University tried their best to close the gap further in the dying minutes but the damage was done as Old Boys held on to win.
Hamilton Old Boys 19 (Donna Fermanis 2, Veronica Sue tries; Ari Bayler 2 con) University 10 (Kate Anderson, Natalie Delamere tries)