Camden Rugby Club has taken hold of the Illawarra rugby competition with another three nil wipe of the opposition last Saturday at Kiama Showground.
The Round three clash saw all three of Camden's grades come off with resounding wins over their opposition respectively. Cementing their club championship lead after wins over Bowral and Wollondilly.
It was third grade's dominance from the outset which set the tone for the afternoon. A dominating forward pack consolidated position while some classy backline movements saw inside centre Matt Tagg cross for the Rams towards the end of the first half.
Leading into the break Camden's lead was out of reach for Kiama, where a try in the dying stages stretched the final score to 33 – 14.
Second grade's defence of the 2009 premiership looks to be in safe hands after a 33 – 3 white wash of Kiama.
A strong start saw early ground made by the Rams. Camped in Kiama's 22 for several minutes along with numerous tight head scrum wins saw Camden show their intentions in the match.
A barnstorming run from the back of a scrum win by number .8 James Crisp set the first try up for Camden where chances were capitalised on by the visitors.
Kiama did however change the tempo of the match in the second half yet defence on their left wing was seen as a weakness by Camden's fullback and man of the match Andrew Brown. His counter – attack proved to be the difference in Kiama's kicking game, setting up tries to prop Michael Burke and James Crisp. A solitary penalty from the home side were their only points, Camden's pick and drive proved impenetrable taking the end scoreline to 33 – 3.
The final game of the day and the final chance to get a win on the board for Kiama proved to be an entertaining display of forward running and swift backline moves.
With 24 points scored in the first 20 minutes the match looked like to be an attackers dream. Two early tries from Camden gave the visitors a much needed lead as decisions continued to go against them.
A penalty for Camden came in the end of the first half and with the home side leading 17 – 14 the decision was received with a hurrah.
It was from there Camden capitalised and scored taking the score 19 – 17 into the break. Kiama lost the lead and never looked like regaining it.
Camden scored again through fly – half Josh Tailby who bagged his second and number 8 Gavin Holder where the lead went to 12.
Kiama scored their final try through a run down the blind side yet it was only a consolation.
Camden sealing a 29 -22 victory and a 3 – 0 nil wipe of the hosts on a memorable day of rugby for Camden Rams.
By RICHARD JEANS