The Cooma Reserve grade Stallions put on their best show of the season for a home crowd on Sunday against the Candelo/Bemboka Panthers. The Stallions had their second win in a row and they seemed to have found their A game with all players stepping up and it's not going unnoticed.
The scoring started five minutes in, when the Panthers scored with an easy chip over Cooma defense giving them an early 6-0 lead. The Stallions forwards Chris Khoury and Jesse Werth were working well together and were showing great promise for the Stallions attacking side. A great kick from John Kaufline landed deep in the Stallions in goal area which saw Aaron Pidcock swoop in and get his hand to the ball for what looked like a try, while an unaware Panthers fullback waited for the ball to go out. But unfortunately it was disallowed and a line drop out was called. Then the Panthers attacking side were back again as they crossed the line for their second converted try under the posts. The Panthers extended their lead to 12-0.
With only 12 minutes to go the Stallions showed they weren't backing down with a well-constructed try that started when Dean Wolf made a break and charges forward from inside the Stallions half, he passes to Aaron Pidcock who takes control and powers up the line to give the Stallions their first points of the game taking the score to 12-4. From this point all of the action was one way with the Stallions taking over the game and putting all their skills to the test for the last 10 minutes of the first half.
Dean Wolf made another break and headed to the line but he was ankle tapped. Not bothered by the Panthers foul play tactics the Stallions used the time to reset. A quick play the ball and fast hands across field saw Dan Thomas receive the ball and coast past Panthers defense to score his first try of the game. A successful conversion by David Sommerville took Cooma to 12-10 with only seven minutes to go. The supporters continued to cheer on the Stallions encouraging their impressive domination of the Panthers. This time David Sommerville broke the line and passed to Brett Dorward who crossed the line with a slide and pop, propelling the Stallions into the lead at 12-16.
The opposition tried to reclaim the game with some solid attacks at the line but once again the Stallions defense was solid with John Kaufline, Scott Lloyd and Brett Dorward holding up the player in goal and protecting their lead.
The Panthers were getting frustrated and Dave Sommerville didn't help their mood when he took advantage of a penalty and he weaved his way through Panthers defense then passed to Zane Weston to finish the run in what was a flawless play. Cooma had widened the gap to 12-22. The Stallions kept up their blistering pace and the Panthers didn't seem to know what had hit them with a great display of quick hands when Sommerville flicked the ball to Zane Weston to make another run, Weston put the kick through with the perfect bounce and it was picked up by Aaron Pidcock who crossed again for his second try of the game. The Stallions kicked off the second half with great enthusiasm when the energetic Zane Weston made another great run from 30m out to cross the line under the posts for his second try of the game and another perfect conversion by Davivd Sommerville taking the Stallions to their biggest leading score of the season at 12-34.
It seemed that the Stallions' pressure was too much for the Panthers when a scuffle breaks out, but the game continued on with the Panthers applying some pressure but Luke Bracher and Zane Weston put in a solid tackle, but an offload to the Panthers number 18 saw him crawl his way through the defense and cross the line taking the score to 16-34.
The Stallions Josh Steinke received a penalty for a high tackle and the Stallions take full advantage with Dave Sommerville crossing the line and converting his own try.
The Stallions now had a 24 point lead over the Panthers at 16-40 with 25 minutes to go.
James Salvestro showed he's not scared of a tackle smashing into the Panthers defense and a great runs by John Kaufline and Luke Bracher looked good for the Stallions to extend their lead but the ball was dropped and handed back to the Panthers.
Luke McGreggor and Brett Dorward made scoring chances hard for the Panthers by making some great tackles to stop the forwards but a quick play helped the Panthers find the line to take the score to 22-40 with 15 minutes left.
Jesse Werth, Chris Khoury and Scott Lloyd continue to apply the pressure and tackle hard to keep the Panthers away from the line.
The Panthers crossed for one last try on the siren to take the final score to 26-40.
This was the Reserve grade's best game of the season and all the boys would like to thank all the supporters for coming down and cheering them on.
If the boys keep up this momentum they will be looking at a spot in the finals.
Next week Cooma play against Tathra for their home game and the boys will be looking for another win.
This week 3 points and player's player was given to Zane Weston, 2 points to Dean Wolf and 1 point to Josh Steinke.