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Photo courtesy of David Hall and South Coast Register 

Kiama Knights got their premiership defence off to a winning start in the South Coast Group Seven competition but had to dig deep in their Grand Final rematch against the Jamberoo Superoos with the match not decided until a field goal in the 78th minute.

The Knights, who ended a 34-year premiership drought last year after defeating the Superoos 28-14 to claim the Artie Smith Cup, paid the price after being unable to turn a stack of early possession into points in the game at Kevin Walsh Oval.

The Superoos defended admirably and then hit back when Mark Asquith was able to skirt wide and plunge over close to the posts from a scrum play to set up a 4-0 lead.

The Knights hit back through halfback Cameron Vazzoler who was able to step his way past three defenders before diving over to score and help put his side up 6-4 at the halftime break following the conversion from close range.

The rain began to tumble in the second half but that wasn’t enough to dampen the enthusiasm of the home team who re-took the lead 8-6 after Superoos centre Jake Clarke powered his way over the line out wide.

Again, Jamberoo missed the conversion leaving the door open for the Knights to level the scores up at 8-all following a penalty goal from Vazzoler. The Knights halfback then stepped up again in the 78th minute to slot a close-range field goal and seal bragging rights again.

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