The second placed Cooma Stallions took on the third placed Merimbula Pambula Bulldogs at a sunny Cooma Showground on Sunday and after arguably playing their worst game so far this season, came away with a lucky win by 22-18.
The first 10 minutes of the game the Stallions showed their dominance in defence and flair in attack. This culminated in a try to Austin Willis Reynolds after hitting the line hard and breaking the defence close to the line. Aaron Pidcock converted to to take the score to 6-0.The remainder of the first half saw the Stallions give away a number of penalties in defence and drop balls in attack allowing the Bulldogs to score three tries and take a 14-6 lead into half time.
After a rev up from Kels at half time the boys came out with renewed enthusiasm, but were let down by their execution, dropping the ball in each of the first four sets in the second half and conceding another try to trail 18-6 after 10 minutes. It took until the 18th minute before they completed their first set in attack - running 80 metres and being finished off with a try on the last tackle to Adam Rodwell. Five minutes later Cooma were unlucky with Dom Giagios being denied a try after dropping the ball over the try line. Adam Rodwell got his second try shortly after, scoring beside the posts and after Aaron Pidcock's conversion reduced the margin to two points - trailing 18-16 with nine minutes to play.
Cooma's defence was put to the test with five minutes to play, defending a set on their own line. With three minutes to play, after getting a repeat set got the ball to the try scoring machine Adam Rodwell who crossed for his third try for the match and put the Stallions back into the lead by 22-18 which they held until full time.Players player went to Adam Rodwell and Best and Fairest points were awarded as follows: 3 - Richard Bensley, 2 - Adam Rodwell, 1 - Dean Blyton.