Cooma Stallions Under 18s will contest the Group 16 pre-season final this Saturday against Bega despite losing the second round match on Sunday.
They took on Merimbula Pambula Bulldogs at Cooma Showground and went down 36-8.
The Stallions found it hard to hold onto the football early on in the wet conditions which they paid the penalty for on the scoreboard, with Merimbula putting on three tries before they could trouble the scorers through a try to Kurtis Atkinson following good lead up from Josh McDonald. At half time the Stallions trailed by 24-4.
Cooma got off to a good start in the second half with a close range try by Austin Willis-Reynolds after three minutes to take the score to 24-8. That was the last of the scoring for the Stallions and Merimbula scored twice to take the final score to 36-8.
Best players for Cooma included Glenn Payne, Ned McDonnell plus Aaron Stewart and Aaron Pidcock.