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Johns and Daley Cup Round Five Wrap

Both Monaro Colts teams in the Andrew Johns Cup and Laurie Daley Cup are through to the finals after recording solid wins over the weekend.

Andrew Johns Cup

The Monaro Colts Under 16s side defeated the Macarthur Wests Tigers 28-22 in a tight game at Kirkham Oval on Sunday.

The Colts had an 18-0 lead at half-time before the Tigers staged a comeback in the second half to bring it to 18-16. But tries to Xavier Cacciotti and Mark Connors ensured Monaro came away with the win.

Monaro scored just two minutes into the contest, with fullback Sean Ward crossing the try-line and Blake Hovi converting.

The visiting side quickly made it 12-0 with hooker Cacciotti scoring and Hovi adding the two points. Centre Rhys Djerke scored next for the Colts, Hovi again converting to give his side an 18-0 lead at half-time.

The Tigers came out fighting in the second half, with a double to Lincoln Miners and one to Likari Leota bringing the score to 18-16.

But the Colts hit back with two tries to Cacciotti and Connors. Jeremiah Leatigaga scored right on full-time for the Tigers, but it wasn’t enough as the Colts held on for the win.

Laurie Daley Cup

The Monaro Colts Under 18s side notched up their fourth win of the season with a 34-12 win over the Macarthur Wests Tigers at Kirkham Oval on Sunday.

A strong first half from the Colts saw them gain an 18-0 lead at half-time, with tries to halfback Mitchell Evans, fullback Ty Dowdle and winger Tyrel Kimori-Edmond and three successful conversions to Evans.

The Tigers came out swinging in the second half, with Jude Gomez and Jibril Elrich scoring four-pointers and Harrison Small kicking both conversions to close score-line to 18-12.

A penalty goal to Evans put the Colts in front 20-12, before three tries in five minutes by Monaro players Ryan Castle, Dowdle and Kimori-Edmond sealed the win for the visitors.

The Monaro Colts sides both have a week off this weekend before the top four sides battle it out for a place in the decider.