POOR goal kicking proved costly for Manning Ratz in the 33-32 loss to Wallamba in Lower North Coast women's 10s rugby union at Taree Rugby Park.
"We scored more tries than Wallamba, but we didn't kick a goal,'' Ratz coach Dave Rees said.
The Ratz kickers missed two conversion attempts from in front of the posts in a contest that featured some great attacking play from both sides and some bruising defence.
In contrast Wallamba's Stella Tijou landed four goals. Tigou was outstanding for the Bulls, also scoring four tries. Chloe Foley was another standout for Wallamba while the elusive Courtney Currie was dangerous in attack.
Rees conceded that goal kicking is a problem area for his side going into the semi-finals. The Ratz will meet Gloucester in the minor semi-final on Saturday September 19.
Lucy Green alternated between halfback and five-eighth for the Ratz and had a fine game. Green threw some superb passes and organised the attack while she was also solid in defence. Green will be a key player in the Ratz finals campaign.
"What I like about Lucy is her effort. She goes 100 per cent, whether it's the first minute of the last,'' Rees said.
Bridie Maloney also made an impact off the bench. She slotted into the halfback role, allowing Green to move a bit wider and this worked a treat. Maloney also scored a smart try.
However, Rees said he'll continue to start Maloney from the bench.
"Bridie can cover every position and that's what you want from a bench player,'' he said.
The Ratz finish the competition-proper on Saturday against Old Bar at Old Bar. Rees said he'll be resting a couple of players who are carrying niggling injuries to ensure they're right for the finals.
Wallamba will meet Gloucester at Nabiac while minor premiers Wauchope will sit the day out with the bye.