Red Devils reserves secure a one point victory

The Red Devils win a lineout.

The Red Devils win a lineout.

Aaron Stewart confronts an opposing Yass Ram.

Aaron Stewart confronts an opposing Yass Ram.

SECOND grade Red Devils took to the field against Yass with both sides knowing it was going to be a close affair with nothing between the two sides in three encounters so far this year. From the kick off it was clear both sides were up for the challenge and it was Cooma who was first to post points after Matt Crowley started his stellar day by swooping onto an intercept and running 50 meters only to be pulled down ten meters short of the try line. With quick phase ball but a couple of loose passes saw Neil Schouten pick up the loose ball and head for the corner but with the defence converging on him he gave a flick pass to Andrew Stewart heading back in field and he crashed over the try line. Matt Crowley converted and Cooma had gone to a 7-0 lead. Yass rallied and with that went on the attack but strong defence from Jake, Matt Barnier and Andrew Stewart stopping any attacking raids. Cooma defended for most of the first half with the forwards doing well to stop Yass on a number of occasions. Yass were able to score a try late in the first half and go into half time with both sides locked at seven all. After half time both sides lifted their intensity and it was Cooma who were able to go on the attack after strong runs from Damo Allen, Brad Evans and Dave got Cooma into good field position and from here Matt Perkins was able to power through the defence and score. Matt Crowley missed the conversion but Cooma had regained the lead. Cooma was able to extend the lead to 15 to 7 when Matt Crowley kicked a penalty goal. Yass stepped up its intensity but Cooma's defence held tight with Eddie Thomas, Sam Hand and Neil Schouten making some crucial tackles which stopped Yass's attack. Yass were able to score another converted try late in the game to narrow the margin to 14-15 with 7 minutes to go Yass attacked Cooma's line repeatedly but Cooma's defence held tight for the last period of the game and held on for a 15-14 victory.

Next week second grade plays Hall while first grade play RMC who both lost to Goulburn on Saturday. Goulburn will host the grand final in two weeks.

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