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Wednesday August 2, 2017
Bombala V Moruya
Merimbula-Pambula V Batemans Bay
Candelo-Bemboka V Bega
Cooma V Bombala
SUNDAY 6TH AUGUST
Continued from page 48
. . . and sent winger Jack Johnson away
for a try in the corner. Luke Rixon converted
from the sideline. 16-6 . On Moruya’s next
attacking raid they put up a high ball on
Cooma’s line, the backs could not control
the ball, a Moruya outside back knocked
the ball forward and a second back then
dived on it and was awarded a try. 16-10.
Within minutes Moruya were away again
down our left edge, but this time a forward
pass was pulled back. Just on half time
Moruya again attacked down our left edge
and this time came up with a try. The
conversion hit the post....and bounced out.
16-14 at half time.
Moruya kicked off after half time and
Cooma completely botched the pick up.
The result, a line drop out. Moruya were full
of running, and Cooma just held them out,
with a high ball from them skilfully caught
by winger Jack Johnson, he was, however,
pushed back into the in-goal resulting in a
second line drop out. Cooma weathered
this attack and then the Cooma forwards,
Brent Bullock, Millard Issa and James Boller
made some great runs, so five eight Scott
Lloyd was able to kick the ball into their in
goal on the sixth tackle.
Luke Rixon trapped their fullback in
goal. Line dropout to Cooma. Forward
Nathan Wren made a strong surge to within
metres of the line and slipped a great ball
out to back Dean Blyton who was stopped
centimetres short. Lock James Boller
darted over from dummy half. Unfortunately
Nick missed the conversion 20-14 .
For the next 10 or so minutes both sides
made good yards with strong runs and
good defence. Brandon Williams, Francis
Kelly and Tommy Maxwell all put in good
runs, Brandon in particular completed three
or four back to back tackles to nullify their
attack. Kyle High put in a lovely deft kick
over their line, a Cooma back got his hands
to the ball but just couldn’t control it and a
try went begging.
With the ball going almost end to
end in each set something had to give.
Unfortunately it was Cooma’s defence.
Moruya’s half tore a hole through Cooma
to score a converted try next to the posts.
20-20. The game’s momentum had swung
slightly towards Moruya. Cooma’s cause
was not helped when we gave away a silly
penalty in the next set. From the resumption
on out left edge they quickly moved it out
to our right hand side and Moruya’s winger
completed a great backline movement and
scored out near the touchline. This was
converted and for the first time Moruya
were ahead 20-26.
To Cooma’s credit they did not give up.
A great run by Millard Issa saw a quick
play the ball and the ball was shovelled out
to Brent Bullock “on the boil” who crashed
over near the posts....but the referee
adjudicated a forward pass! No try. The
score at full time then was 20-26 in favour
of the Moruya Sharks. Congratulations to
both teams, it was a tough, hard fought
game, but one which was played in good
spirit by both teams.
Coach Luke High was naturally
disappointed to lose the game at the death,
but found time to praise the Moruya team
for their never say die approach. He was
also full of praise for all his players and
especially his forwards and thought that
Brandon Williams, Millard Issa, James
Boller and Brent Bullock all had outstanding
Unfortunately then that’s the season for
the Fillies, U/18s and Reserve grade teams.
All teams would like to thank the large body
of Cooma supporters who made their way
down to Bega to barrack for them.
First grade play in the major semi-final at
Cooma Showground this coming Sunday,
August 6, with kick off for First grade
scheduled for 2-30pm. Come along and
support the Stallions as they try for their first
premiership since 1994.
and fillies all bundled out of the semi-finals
U18s Matthew Swain.
Reserve Mill Issa.
Reserve Zane Weston.
Reserve - Tommy Maxwell.
U18’s Bailey Rogers.
Reserve Nick Moon.
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