The Cooma Stallions will be hoping to turn the tables on Moruya Sharks this Sunday in the major semi-final.
The match will decide who will be the first team into this season decider as the first placed Sharks take on the second placed Stallions. This should be a tough encounter as the sides have met twice this year with the honours going to Moruya on both occasions.
The first clash was in round one where Moruya caught the Stallions sleeping early and skipped away to a 12-0 lead after 20 minutes. However, the Stallions regrouped and hit the lead in the second half and were looking to give the premiership favorites something to chase. But with a lack of discipline and some decisions going against Cooma, Moruya took control leading 38-22. The Stallions kicked back into gear and were within a try with the last play but a badly timed kick and a try to Moruya saw them go away winners by 10 points. The second meeting at Moruya was a similar game with the Stallions kicking away to a lead only to be run down through ill discipline. The result in this game was Moruya 26 to Cooma 20 after Cooma were leading 20-10 with 20 minutes to go. Both games the Stallions gave away far too many penalties and afforded Moruya with a lot more possession. The game was also played in wet conditions at Moruya which certainly did not favor the Stallions.
However, it is a different Stallions side as their improvement both with discipline and in their defence is a credit to the Coach. With the temperature expected to be 20 on Sunday and the prospect of a dry pitch, the Stallions have learnt plenty in their last two encounters with the Sharks and by Sunday night the Stallions are well poised to be the first team into this year's first grade decider.
First grade will kick off at 2.30pm and all four Cooma grades will be on show in what is a tremendous achievement for all involved.
The club has been awarded the Group 16 Club Championship for season 2013 and if we can get all grades into a premiership decider it will back up all the hard work from everyone involved in the Club. The boys and girls would live to see as much support as possible to Moruya on Sunday to try and get them all over the line.