Cooma under 18s charge forward in semi-final

Damo Hayden.

Damo Hayden.

Aaron Pidcock.

Aaron Pidcock.

Richard Bensley and Austin Willis make a tackle.

Richard Bensley and Austin Willis make a tackle.

Tyler Jones runs the ball from dummy-half.

Tyler Jones runs the ball from dummy-half.

THE Under 18 Stallions travelled to Narooma last Sunday to take on Moruya Sharks in the minor semi-final at Narooma Showground in an attempt to keep their finals hopes alive in the 2014 Finals Series.

The Stallions had come to play their A Grade game if the early exchanges were anything to go by. On the back of a Moruya Sharks penalty, the Stallions were able to post first points after a smart piece of football by Adam Rodwell, who after hitting the ball up, found Austin Willis in support to dive over for a try and open the Stallions account.

The Stallions were able to post their second try only 5 minutes later after a quick thinking Tyler Jones spotted a hole in the Sharks defence and dived over for the Stallions second try to extend their lead to 12-0.

It only took another 5 minutes for the Stallions to get on the scoreboard again, after the Sharks were penalised for being offside. The Stallions were able to score their third try after Adam Rodwell ran off a nice pass to score to the left of the posts, and following Aaron Pidcock's conversion led by 18-0.

The Stallions were unlucky not to score shortly after following a smart exchange of passes between Aaron Pidcock and Daniel Douch.

The Sharks were able to post their first try shortly after following a good back line exchange of passes. The Stallions hit straight back after Aaron Rodwell was held up over the line his brother Keiren charged over to score a try and take the score to 24-4 at half time.

The second half started much the same as the first with Tyler Jones darting from dummy half and finding Austin Willis in support to score his second try. The Stallions had another try scored against them shortly after and immediately hit back with Richard Bensley taking the ball to the line and finding Aaron Pidcock in support to score his first try and following his conversion, increased the Stallions lead to 34-10.

The Stallions back line were shining and were able to post next points through a try to Daniel Douch and then the icing on the cake was the third try of the game to Austin Willis who ran onto a smart cut out pass by Josh Steinke to take the final score to 44-10, and give the Stallions a comprehensive win over the Moruya Sharks.

The Players Player was awarded to Austin Willis for his hat-trick of tries.

It was difficult to pick players who stood out today as the whole team stood up and showed their dominance.

They have now earned a week off and will travel to Bega in a fortnight to play for a spot in the Grand Final.

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