THE Under 18 Stallions took on the competition leading Bega Roosters in Bega last Sunday going down by 26-14 in an entertaining game.
Bega were first to score after a glut of possession, with three sets in a row on Cooma's line to lead 4-0.
Shortly after Luke Ingram and Ned McDonnell provided good go forward which allowed Tyler Jones to scoot out from dummy half and slice through the Roosters defence to score.
Aaron Pidcock's conversion allowed The Stallions to take the lead 6-4.
Three dropped balls in a row from the Stallions put the Roosters on the attack and a converted try put them back in front 10-6.
Right on half time Tyler Jones was again in the action darting from dummy half on the last tackle. He ran from half way broke the Roosters defence, drew the fullback and found Aaron Pidcock in support who scored in the corner to level the scores at 10-10 at half time.
The Roosters were able to put two tries on the board in the opening 20 minutes of the second half to lead 22-10.
With ten minutes to play the Stallions hit back with a great try to Daniel Douch who showed his speed by latching on to a grubber kick which took the score to 22-14. Bega crossed for a late try to take the score 26-14.
The Stallions can hold their heads high after having a number of players unavailable due to injury the team stepped up to the challenge and tried their hearts out.
Richard Bensley led from the front and was named the Players Player, just ahead of Tyler Jones and Austin Willis-Reynolds.