Rugby League World Cup

Northern Rivers and Macarthur qualify for Andrew Johns Cup Grand Final

The Northern Rivers Titans have defeated Illawarra South Coast Dragons 20-16 to book a spot in the SLE Andrew Johns Cup Grand Final in Woy Woy on Sunday.

The Titans scored in quick succession through fullback Harry Chadburn and winger Black Togo-Murphy, putting them up 8-0 after just eight minutes. The game looked to be slipping away from the Dragons when Zane Harrison crashed over and Callum Bowles converted to extend the lead to 14-0.

The Dragons needed something special and winger Harry Wililo answered the call after running in three consecutive tries to lock things up at 16-all.

With time running out, Chadburn crashed over for his second try of the afternoon to ensure a Titans win.

Meanwhile in the other SLE Andrew Johns Cup Semi-final, the Macarthur Wests Tigers have defeated Northern Tigers 22-16 to book their spot against the Titans in the decider.

Macarthur Wests Tigers ran in three unanswered tries through Kimball Liufau, Aaron Keppie and Byron Laupepa, with Noah McKenzie landing two conversions to set up a 16-0 lead.

Momentum swung in Macarthur Tigers favour after back-to-back tries from Dylan Keane and Luke Marco to put them within striking distance.

With the Northern Tigers closing in at 16-12, Amazon-Paul Pua’Avase crashed over, and McKenzie converted, giving his side some breathing space at 22-12.

Northern Tigers gave themselves a chance after Samuel Carr scored but they were unable to crack the defence in the final five minutes to send Macarthur Wests Tigers into the Grand Final.

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