THE Cooma Stallions has slumped to their third loss of the season, following a 30-12 loss to Narooma at the Cooma Showground on Sunday.
After resounding victories in ladies league tag and reserve grade, the Stallions first grade side took to the field in bleak, winter conditions.
In what was expected to be low scoring affair due to the heavy rain, Narooma managed to run in five tries to Cooma's two.
A try to prop Chris Khoury, with 14 minutes left in the game, put the Stallions within reach of victory, trailing 18-12.
Strong defence from the Stallions forwards forced a Narooma error with less than 10 minutes to go. As momentum looked to have swung in favour of the home side, Narooma crossed for what would be the match winning try with only minutes remaining.
The match started with both sides battling hard for the early territorial field position..
A Cooma error close to their try line presented Narooma with one better attacking opportunities in the opening exchanges. The visitors took advantage of this to post the opening try of the match, leading 6-0 after 14 minutes.
Shortly after, Narooma found space to take the score to 12-0.
The Stallions, coming off a bye, posted their first points of the round six clash shortly before half time. A precise grubber from half Paul Perkins found Adam Walters who opened the Stallions account for the afternoon. As the dead-ball line loomed large, Walters turned acrobat, planting the ball down for a try, taking the score to 12-6.
Following the half time break, the Stallions looked to regain control of the match. Narooma were presented with two attacking sets on the Stallions try line, however pressure stoic defence from the home side forced two turnovers.
While never out of the contest on the scoreboard, the Stallions found it difficult to steamroll the Narooma forwards.
In a competitive game, Cooma's best included Glen Payne, Murray Jackson and Adam Walters.
The Players' Player went to Payne.
Group 16 rugby league will take a break over the long weekend, with the Stallions back at home in a fortnight to take on the second placed Moruya Sharks.