On Sunday the Cooma Stallions reserves played their last game of the season against the Bega Roosters at the Cooma Showground. In a wet and slippery game, the Stallions started well with great defence from David Sommerville who dragged the Roosters winger out of play, giving the Stallions some early ball.
Nothing came of their good defence with the Roosters gaining the ball back and making a break for the line. Zane Weston put in a good chase and tackle but the slippery conditions helped the Roosters slide over the line and gave them an early 4-0 lead.
The Stallions received the ball and made their way up field when a late shot on Brett Dorward saw the Stallions take advantage of a penalty 10 metres from their line.
James Salvestro received the ball from dummy half and charged over the line putting the Stallions on the board. David Sommerville landed a successful conversion putting the Stallions in the lead 6-4.
The Stallions attack was working well together, helping Jesse Werth make a break down the line, but he was stopped short due to some tough Roosters defence.
John Kaufline was working hard at five-eighth making plenty of metres and had a hand in nearly all the plays inside the Stallions half with some great passes and creating opportunities.
The Roosters had possession and made their way down the field and 10 metres out they were keeping up the pressure. On their fifth and last tackle Jesse Werth, Zane Weston and Richard Bensley stopped their attack and ended their tackle count.
It was a back and forth game with virtually every set completed. It was the Stallions chance to put some points on the board when five meters out Josh Steinke make a brilliant charge for the line from dummy half and crossed to help the Stallions extend their lead to 12-4 with only 10 minutes to go for the first half.
It was the Roosters turn for possession and to make up some lost points. They were deep in Stallions territory and on their second tackle Josh Steinke and Zane Weston held up a Roosters forward. Next tackle and this time Dean Wolf assisted Josh Steinke and Richard Bensley in their bid to keep their lead intact.
On the fourth the Roosters forward found a gap to slide over and narrow the Stallions lead to 12-8. As half time loomed Jack Downie made a break down the wing but was wrapped up by a fierce Roosters winger. The Roosters regained ball control and received a penalty right on the half time siren 40m out from their line and decided to take a shot at two points.
The conversion cruised straight through the middle of the posts, taking the score to 12-10 at half time.
The Stallions attack was energetic after the break with James Salvestro working hard up front putting up big hits for the Roosters defence and getting the Stallions close to their line.
The wet conditions were hindering the Stallions skills with dropped balls and miss-timed runs seeing the Stallions lose possession. On debut for reserve grade was Richard Bensley who was not afraid of the big hits, putting his body on the line and missing few chances to prove himself for the 2015 season.
After 20 minutes and two disallowed tries for the Roosters, the Stallions lead was intact, but they finally crossed and lead 16-12 to Bega.
Luke Bracher was at his usual best in the number seven jersey putting some great kicks into the in-goal area but the Roosters defence was too good and they continually gained possession.
The Roosters came back for another crack at a try but they were met with John Kaulfline, Zane Weston and Dean Wolf who put in some hard but effective tackles.
The Bega Roosters secured their win with a final try in the corner to take them to 20-12. With the Reserve and First Grade teams out of the finals we hope that the Fillies and U18's can have success in their bid for the finals. This week's points were awarded as follows; 3 points and players player- Richard Bensley, 2 -Dean Wolf and 1- John Kaufline.