The Under 18 Stallions took on Bega Roosters last Sunday in weather that was better suited to ducks after the heavens opened up and poured with rain for the duration of the game. Holding the ball was going to be difficult but vital in scoring points, something the Stallions learned early on in the match with Bega running in two early tries following Cooma errors from dropped balls to lead 10-0.
Cooma were able to get their defence into order and build some pressure in attack. A turnover from Bega shortly after allowed Eric Conley to extend his try scoring tally with a try in the corner. The Stallions continued to have trouble holding on to the ball, but when they did they made the most of it. Luke Ingram made the Bega defence look ordinary, busting through 3 to 4 defenders to score under the posts. Aaron Pidcock converted to level the scores.
Bega again were able to take the lead with a try following a penalty. The Stallions had two more scoring opportunities prior to half time but spilt the ball whilst on the attack. Half Time Bega 16 Cooma 10.
Cooma were under pressure early in the second half but were able to repel the Bega attack. From deep in Cooma's half Glenn Payne laid the platform for the next try with a bullocking run and quick play the ball. Tyler Jones then scooted out of dummy half and show a clean pair of heels, racing 70 metres to score under the posts to again level the scores at 16-16.
Cooma were their own worst enemy again dropping the ball coming away from their own line. This allowed Bega to gain the upper hand and score a try to take the lead once again. Tyler 'try scoring machine' Jones decided to change that with a dart to the try line following a tap to score his second try. His third followed shortly after. With a dummy and a dive, he was under the posts and giving Cooma the lead for the first time in the match.
A penalty against Cooma with 10 minutes to play allowed Bega to attack the Cooma line. A try followed which tied up the scores at 28-28 to set up an exciting finish. The Stallions tried to mount an attack but found it hard to get out of their own half and when Bega had the ball they attacked the Cooma line and were turned away time and again.
With less than a minute remaining Bega cracked the Stallions defence and scored beside the posts. Another heartbreaking loss for the boys going down by 34-28.
Best and Fairest points were awarded to Richard Bensley - 1pt, Glenn Payne - 2 pts, Tyler Jones - 3 pts and Players Player.