THE Cooma Stallions has suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Group 16 ladder leaders the Bega Roosters, on Sunday at the Bega Recreation Ground.
The Cooma Stallions put in one of their most disappointing effort for a few seasons, losing 52-4. Bega remain undefeated this season and the result was a fair indication of the difference in the two teams.
Bega started with tremendous enthusiasm and led 6-0 after only 5 minutes. Mitch Lynch saved a certain try with a great one on one tackle, but Bega kept on attacking a soon skipped to a 10-0 lead.
Solid goal line defence from Steve Dunn, the returning Greg Thomas and Brett Hodak, plus some determined goal line scrambling from Jess Jackson kept Bega from making further inroads.
However, Bega were not to be denied and at halftime had increased their lead to 22-0.
Cooma commenced the second half in a positive fashion and after a determined Toddy Williams run, half Paul Perkins sent a beautifully timed pass to Murray Jackson who crossed for an unconverted try, reducing the deficit to 18 points, with the Stallions trailing 22-4.
At this stage, Cooma were still a chance, but some lacklustre defence resulted in three quick tries to Bega, increasing their lead to 38-4. The game well and truly out of Cooma's reach.
Bega continued to dominate and with late tries finished their demolition of Cooma, 52-4.
In a disappointing effort, Cooma was best served by the ever consistent Toddy Williams, Murray Jackson and Joel Smith.
Cooma must now turn their attention to training, regroup and prepare for next week's game against Eden at Bombala.
The Stallions are a much stronger team than this effort and next week will reveal the teams' character. With a focused effort a complete turnaround is a distinct possibility.
Next week's clash will see the fifth placed Stallions up against fourth placed Eden, the victor will go along way in keeping their finals aspirations alive.