Stallions go down in a close encounter

COOMA travelled to Narooma to take on the Devils on their home turf and were desperate for a win to keep their slim semi-final hopes alive.

This is traditionally a hard task at Narooma and the Stallions knew they had to dig deep to have any chance of a win.

The game started at a frantic pace and it wasn't until Narooma crossed for a four pointer after 15 minutes that the players finally had a break.

This was turning out to be a high class game and fantastic try line defence from the Stallions thwarted anything Narooma threw at them.

Cooma finally were able to mount some pressure on the Devils and Jake Schofield crossed in the corner after good lead up work from Joel Smith and Paul Perkins.

With the conversion unsuccessful the Stallions went to the break 6 - 4 down.

The coach spoke about competing their sets and trying to get onto the right side of the penalty count as incomplete sets and penalties were handing Narooma too many chances.

The Stallions were next to score through Matt Salvestro and with the conversion successful they went to the lead 10 - 4 with 25 minutes left to play.

Unfortunately ill-discipline and dropped balls at vital stages kept giving Narooma a free passage out of their half and were able to mount plenty of pressure on Cooma's defence.

This culminated in a converted try taking the score to 10 all with 20 minutes to play.

The Stallions continued to come up with errors and the referee was also finding some penalties and with the penalty count 14 - 5 in Narooma's favour the devils took a shot at penalty goal with five minutes remaining.

This was successful and Narooma took the lead 12 - 10 with five minutes to go.

This seemed to deflate the Stallions and after another Narooma penalty Cooma cracked and Narooma crossed and converted the try giving them an unassailable lead with only one minute on the clock.

This was a great effort from the Stallions and if they could have completed a few more sets and had a fair share of the referees' calls the result could have been different.

Best for Cooma on the day went to Jake Schofield with Joel Smith producing a strong running game from half and Matty Salvestro always dangerous out wide.

Cooma travels to Eden next week and the following week is their last home game against Bega.

This will be the club's ladies sponsor day and the club hope to get a good roll up and make some money for charity on the day.

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