The Cooma Red Devils took on the Yass Rams on Saturday afternoon at Rotary Oval and came away with victory in both grades.
First Grade took to the field on Saturday looking to keep building on their impressive win last week. Both sides came out firing but Cooma was a little flat with their talk down however after 10 minutes both sides had settled into the grind. Ryan Morgan kicked an early penalty to give Cooma the lead.
Yass was quick to respond with a converted try.
Cooma lifted and on the back of strong runs from Tom Laddams, Pat Egan and Phil Johnson Cooma worked their way down field and with the forwards setting a strong platform the backs were able to spread the ball and Tom Laddams was able to crash through the defence and score.
A successful conversion from Ryan Morgan gave Cooma an 8-7 lead. Yass again replied with a try of their own to take back the lead 12-8. But again Cooma responded after strong runs from Ben Neilson, James Strange and Matt Jamieson got Cooma on the front foot. With quick hands Ryan Morgan was able to put Ben Kelly over in the corner. A missed conversion saw Cooma regain the lead 13-12.
Cooma added to the score when Ryan Morgan kicked a penalty goal going into half time to make the score 16-12. The second half saw a very even game with both sides having chances but great last ditch tackles prevented neither side from scoring further points.
Yass was able to score a try mid way through the second half to regain the lead 19-16. With both sides lifting its intensity the game was there for the taking, Cooma levelled the scores with another penalty goal to Morgan with 10 minutes left on the clock.
This gave Cooma a boost and with the increase in intensity Cooma were able to apply pressure to the Yass defence and Matt Jamieson was able to break through the defence run thirty meters to score under the posts.
Morgan converted for a 26-19 lead, Cooma had a late shot at another penalty goal but it was waved away, giving Cooma victory 26-19.
Points in first grade, 1 point Andrew Rolfe, 2 points Tom Laddams, 3 Points and Players Player Matt Jamieson.
Reserve grade took to the field with a full strength squad but again started slowly and after the first 10 minutes Yass scored two easy tries to have a handy 14-0 lead.
Cooma finally got their hands on the ball and from deep within their half decided to spread the ball wide and run it out of trouble.
With good hands Liam Salt found room to move and after a 70 metre run had Cooma within attacking range. After being awarded a penalty a quick tap from Cooma saw Neil Schouten dive over and score.
Matt Crowley converted and Cooma reduced the margin to 14-7. Minutes later Cooma was over again after finding space through the Yass backs.
This time it was a quick shift of hands back to the blind side and it was the seagull Chris Roberson who was able to crash over in the corner. Matt Crowley converted from the sideline into the wind and the game was locked up at 14 all.
Cooma started to play with confidence and were starting to control the game. With strong runs from Matt Perkins, Damo Allen and Sam Hand, Cooma were getting across the advantage line and making easy metres.
Cooma's third try came about when Matt Crowley got an inside ball and ran straight through only to be tackled metres out from the try line but the ever present Jack Rudd was there to pick up the ball and dived over under the posts.
Another conversion saw Cooma take the lead 21-14. Cooma scored again before half time, this time Salty crashed through the defence and scored to give Cooma a 28-14 half time lead.
Cooma had the wind at their backs in the second half and with that used their kicking game to keep turning Yass around and with a strong kick chase game from Aaron and Jake Yass were pinned within their own half for long periods of time.
With this pressure Cooma was able to again post points with Ruddy continuing his great game and bagging a double when he was able to barge his way over. Crowley again converted for a 35-14 lead. Cooma extended its lead further after Robbo was able to get his second try after running into a hole in the defence out wide reaching out and scoring on the line.
Cooma kept applying the pressure to Yass and Nathan Boate was able to score after the ball came out of a ruck and he toed it into the in goal and scored. Crowley converted to have a perfect day with the boot. Cooma let in a late try to make the final score 49-19.
Points in second grade 1 point Matt Crowley, 2 Points Eddie Thomas 3 points and player's player Jack Rudd.