Well-oiled Roosters machine racks up big win

Ash Davies, playing at fullback, was once again a star for the Roosters First Grade side in their 84-18 win over Binnaway on Saturday at Tom Knight Memorial Oval.

The Cobar Roosters have firmly set their sights on a semi final berth in the 2019 Christie & Hood Castlereagh Rugby League competition and their 84-18 win over Binnaway on Saturday has definitely put them on track to get there.

The Cobar First Grade side looked to be a very well-oiled machine at Tom Knight Memorial Oval on Saturday afternoon as they dominated over the Binnaway visitors from start to finish in Saturday’s Round 16 game.

Jedd Noonan opened the scoring early for Cobar with a try out wide in the first five minutes of play. It was the first of Noonan’s four tries in their big win.

The Roosters star fullback Ash Davies scored soon after, touching down following a length of the field run, much to the delight of the very vocal crowd.

Noonan then scored his second try after a powering run up the centre of the field.

The Roosters had plenty of possession which they converted to points with Jimmy Neyland diving over from dummy half to post Cobar’s next try.

Jacob Good then came on to the field and took over the kicking duties from Neyland (who converted one from three).

Good finished the match with a big tally of 11 goals.

The Roosters’ tries kept on coming with Nathan McAndrew easily running around the Binnaway defence to post Cobar’s next points and Good’s conversion had them ahead 26-0 midway through the first half.

The Roosters rarely made any mistakes and, with a glut of first half possession, they regularly scored from their second or third phase of play.

By halftime the Roosters had racked up 42 points with Neyland, Jack Govett and Alastair Travis crossing for three more first half tries for the Roosters while Good’s goal kicking record was at that stage a perfect five out of five.

A minute before halftime, Binnaway got their first points following a penalty tap and, with the try converted, the margin at the halftime break was 42-6.

The second half of the match continued in much the same vein as the first with Davies combining with McAndrew to score shortly after the re-start.

Binnaway rallied and, after some sustained pressure on the Roosters’ line, they added another six points which the Roosters took as just a small blip on their radar.

Tyson Brilley raced away soon after for a try which was followed up with another five tries from Noonan (2), Ben Simon, Shane Suridge, and Adam Doherty.

To ensure their semi-finals berth the Roosters need to beat Trangie at home this Saturday and Gulgong away next week.