Stallions stampede

The Cooma Stallions registered their first win of the season, after a powerful six try performance against the Tathra Sea Eagles on Sunday afternoon at the Cooma Showground.

Played before a good crowd on a perfect afternoon for football, both teams started the match with plenty of intensity.

Cooma opened the scoring when halfback Paul Perkins put in a perfectly placed short kick, which was duly fumbled by Tathra and pounced upon by 'Johnny on the spot,' Jake Schofield. Murray Jackson successfully converted from out wide to take the score to 6-0.

For the next 20 minutes both sides were evenly matched, until an excellent Cooma team try, which came about from players in last year's under 18s premiership winning side. Blayne Thomas made inroads into the Tathra defence, with Zane Weston finishing off the attacking raid.

After a Tathra defender was bundled into touch, and therefore leaving the Stallions in an excellent attacking position, some concerted attack saw captain-coach Steve Dunn crash over for an unconverted try to take the score to 14-0.

Cooma then provided some scrambling defence, including a Mitch Lynch try saver to leave the score 14-0 at half time.

The second half commenced the same as the first with Tathra applying early pressure, forcing the Stallions into two line dropouts. Solid defence from Cooma kept Tathra at bay.

In the 53rd minute Zane Weston defused a difficult bomb and a subsequent penalty put Cooma in a strong attacking position. A penetrating run from Murray Jackson saw quick hands from Jake Schofield to put Matty Salvestro over for another unconverted try, extending the lead to 18-0.

Halfway through the second half, Tathra got on the board when Connor Finucane crossed for a converted try to reduce the deficit to 18-6.

Jake Schofield was denied a try after an earlier infringement was brought to the referee's attention. Not to be denied Joel Smith crashed over from 10 metres and the successful conversion from Torin Findlow saw the lead extend to 24-6.

Ten minutes before fulltime a quick interchange of passing between the forwards saw Paul Perkins score a converted try, taking the score to 30-6.

Tathra, to their credit, kept trying and were rewarded when Dylan Aldridge scored, making the final score 30-10 in Cooma's favour.

In what was a solid team performance, Cooma were best served by Jake Schofield, Jackson Standen, Brett Hodak, Blayne Thomas and Coach Steve Dunn.

With a bye next week and a home game the following week against Narooma, Cooma are well poised to make an attack on a top four position.

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