It was anything but in the NSW Women’s Premiership major semi-final, stepping up when it mattered most to slot home a one pointer in extra time and seal a spot in the 2020 decider next weekend.
Saturday’s 13-12 victory over the Cronulla Sharks marked the first occasion Howard had steered a drop kick between the posts during a game.
« I practice them at training and shank them all the time, » Howard told the Newcastle Herald.
« I’ve never kicked one in a game, I’ve never really needed to. Thankfully the Sharks didn’t really react and I had all the time in the world. »
The 25-metre effort at Campbelltown Stadium sealed the result with two minutes remaining in the golden-point period.
Scores were locked at 12-all when full-time siren sounded. Cronulla crossed for a converted try in the closing stages of regular time. It had been a tight encounter.
« A few of the girls actually said that afterwards. It will be interesting if we play them again in a couple of weeks. »
Central Coast will meet either the Sharks or North Sydney Bears at Bankwest Stadium on September 27.
Wallsend-based Howard has played the previous two NRLW campaigns. She moved to the Sydney Roosters last year after starting with the Dragons in 2018.
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