The Reserve Grade Stallions travelled to Narooma on Saturday to play the Devils. The Stallions were looking for another win to keep their finals dream alive as we fast approach the end of the season.
They started well with some fierce attacking and fast hands by Scott Lloyd, Jesse Werth and Dean Wolf who got the ball to Aaron Pidcock who crossed for a try in the corner in the opening minutes of the game.
Successfully converting his own try, Aaron took the Stallions to an early 6-0 lead.
An unlucky penalty against the Stallions saw the Devils take their first opportunity to put some points on the board. The Devils found the gap and crossed the line to level the scores at 6-6, only five minutes into the game.
Unfazed, the Stallions applied pressure, forcing the Devils fullback into an error. A pass from Brett Dorward from dummy half received by Nathan McGregor put the Stallions in an attacking position 30 meters out from the opposition line, when he charged, breaking through three scrambling Devils defenders finding a gap and where he crossed for a try. The Stallions regained the lead 12-6.
It was all Stallions in the first half when a penalty 10 meters out from the line saw Nathan McGregor receive another ball to punish a lazy Devils defence, scoring another quick try, his second for the game.
A missed conversion saw the Stallions extend their lead to 16-6. With half time approaching the Stallions didn't take their foot off the pedal with some great football and another penalty in the Stallions favour saw Austin Willis score from dummy half with a quick dive over the line taking the score to 20-6.
The Devils seemed to be becoming more deflated with every error and missed tackle when sloppy defence helped Aaron Pidcock make a break for a great long range try crossing under the posts without a Devil defender in sight giving the Stallions a 20 point lead at 26-6.
The Stallions were well on their way to the try line once more when a failed intercept by the Devils saw them knock it forward into the hands of Brett Dorward who passed to Aaron Pidcock who scored his third try this game and a successful conversion on the siren saw the boys head into the shed at half time up 32-6.
The second half started with an upbeat Devils attack, but some great defence by Jack Downie, Luke Mcgregor and Scott Miners crushed their attack.
The Stallions were making great meters when Dean Wolf made a break but was tackled by a desperate defence. Continuing for the line the Stallions received another penalty taking the tap 10 meters out.
Dean Wolf perfected a quick pass to Aaron Pidcock who crossed the line for his fourth try, giving the Stallions a generous 36-6 lead. It seemed that all the Stallions could do was score, when James Salvestro was handed the ball, charging over the line in the bottom corner with players dangling off him helping to add to the Stallions dominating 40-6 lead.
With five minutes to go the Devils showed some useful plays when they found the line for their second try giving them 12 points on the board at 40-12.
Hoping to redeem themselves they kept up the pressure and they made a break but were chased down by a quick Luke Bracher. It was the Devils fifth tackle and an error saw Dan Caldwell intercept and make a run.
Quick hands from the Stallions helped seal the deal when an offload to Tony Levett found Luke Bracher who passed to Nathan Wren who lunged for the line confirming a 44-12 win, right on the full time siren.
It was another great win for the Reserve Grade boys and next week we will travel to Eden, were they will take on the competition leaders.
With a loss and a draw so far against them we want to take the win for our last away game of the season before the finals.
Don't forget the Stallions last home game will be the following Sunday against Bega and this is a must win game so we hope to see you all there!