FOOTBALL Club booked their berth in the Foster's rugby union Grand Final on March 7 with a scrappy 9-7 win over Kowloon at Happy Valley yesterday. Club fly-half Chris Yates kicked his side to victory, putting over three first-half penalties, in a game where fortunes ultimately hinged on the form of the respective place kickers. Kowloon's Nigel D'Acre was not as fortunate with the boot. Yates' opposite number had a nightmarish day overall and missed three penalties. Two of these opportunities, both in the first half, were 25 metres and in front of the posts. 'Club took their chances. Unfortunately, we could not kick our penalties,' said skipper Steve Pengelly after Kowloon's brave attempt to resurrect their season had ended. Kowloon's valiant bid to repeat their season-opening victory over Club was helped by a penalty try awarded by referee Paul Haley just before half-time. Trailing 9-0, Kowloon suddenly found themselves behind by only two points after Haley awarded them a try under the posts having judged that Club were deliberately straying offside to kill the ball. It was a controversial decision. Club's backline were indeed offside as they desperately tried to defend their line after Kowloon had opted to take a tap penalty, a sensible decision in light of the poor kicking form of D'Acre. But it was their first infringement and maybe they were penalised harshly. The penalty try gave Kowloon a fresh lease of life. But Club were more than equal to the challenge, and defended superbly in the second half. Club flanker Rob McDonald had another huge game while Yates had D'Acre well marked. Tight discipline amongst the Club forwards also gave Kowloon only one opportunity at a kick at goal in the second half - a 45-metre attempt which D'Acre missed. 'We had the better of the game, but maybe we are not used to winning,' said Pengelly. 'Club deserved the win, they stuck to their task.' On the whole, Club played well below their standards. But to emerge winners, despite playing scrappily, is perhaps a sign of a champion side. To win the league title, they now have to beat Valley - the fifth time meeting between the sides this season. On yesterday's performance, Club have a lot of work to do before they can think of wresting the league title away from the defending champions. 'Yes, we have some work to do. It was a very scrappy affair,' said Club coach Jim Rowark. If they win the league, Club will have to find some room in the trophy cupboard to keep Yates' golden boot. Yates is the First Division's top points-scorers with 113 - 103 of these have come from his boot. The last three points will probably be the most important Yates may kick this season. A massive 50-metre penalty saw the ball strike the crossbar and bounce over. In the end, that lucky bounce was the difference between winning and losing. Kowloon will now meet Aberdeen in the Plate final. Aberdeen defeated DeA 43-24 to book their berth. Aberdeen trailed 24-0 early in the match before levelling the score at half-time. With Roger Leeson and Luke Nabaro in full cry, Aberdeen went on to register a superb victory.