28 March 2021

A high shot gifted Central Districts with first points of the match as they opted for the two-pointer to get on the front foot early at Cooks Garden. However, Waicoa answered back with a try to centre Caleb Lepaio Gamlen giving the away team a four-point lead.

Waicoa were on the front foot until a quick right foot step from Central Districts centre Lennix Tovo gave Central Districts their first try of the game edging them in front by two.

Central Districts lost fullback Jayden Andrade-Kingi to the bin which saw Waicoa capitalise on the penalty to even the scores 8 – 8.

Despite being a man down, Wyatt Sootaga barged over for a try as Central Districts had the last say, heading into the break with 14 – 8 lead.

Errors from Waicoa saw them unable to capitalise on their attacking momentum early in the second half gifting Central Districts with good field position.

Jayden Andrade-Kingi returned from 10 in the bin to score Central Districts third try of the match. An impressive run from Karaitiana Hamilton saw him extend Central Districts lead to 24-8 shortly after.

Central Districts continued their momentum as Junior Te Foto barged over for another four-pointer. Andrade-Kingi then dived in the corner off the back of an impressive run to claim his second of the game extending the home sides lead to 36-8.

Herman Seumanufagai took advantage of a tired Waicoa defensive line adding another four points, as did winger Pose Teuilaepa before the full-time hooter sounded.

Central Districts with a clinical second-half performance earn themselves a spot in the NZRL National 20s final with a 46 – 8 win over Waicoa Bay.