REIGNING premiers the Moruya Sharks proved too good for the Cooma Stallions in their second round clash at the Cooma Showground on Sunday.
Despite the loss, the Stallions can hold their heads high, putting on a better performance after a disappointing loss to Eden in round one.
The game was a tight affair with both sides having an opportunity to score early but neither could cross the line.
Moruya pounced when Cooma lost their way for 10 minutes in the first half, scoring three tries to take them out to a 18-0 lead.
The Stallions could have easily given up but to their credit fought back and with Paul Perkins and Murray Jackson crossing before half time Cooma went into the break behind 18-12 .
The second half was similar to the first with Moruya pouncing on Cooma's mistakes and scored four tries back to back giving them an unbeatable lead. The Stallions were the last to score through Brett Hodak showing they did not give up and if they could have mounted more pressure on Moruya the final result could have been different.
Too many times the Stallions were in a position to put pressure on Moruya but came up with errors letting Moruya off the hook.
The Stallions are a very young side and showed a lot of promise for the remainder of the year and for the next few seasons.
Best for Cooma on the day were Brett Hodak, Richard Bensley and Blayne Thomas.
The ladies, under 18s and reserve grade travel to Bemboka to take on the Panthers on Saturday this week and the first grade have a bye.