The Roosterettes were quick off the mark and scored early in their Castlereagh League Tag match against Binnaway on a cold Saturday afternoon at Tom Knight Memorial Oval.
The Roosterettes were up 12-0 early in the match and despite a spirited second half fight back from the visitors, the Cobar team closed out the match with a comfortable 30-16 win.
After plenty of possession in the first half and two early tries to playmaker Jenna Fullagar (both of which were converted by Peta Woods), the Cobar side had an early 12-0 lead.
Strong defence by coach Bianka Jacobson, Lisa Travis and Tanya Gilbert kept the Bombshells from gaining good field position and any chance of scoring.
After a strong run from halfway, Grace Larance added another four points to the Roosterettes’ total to give them a handy 16-0 lead going into the half time break.
After the restart, persistence on their line eventually paid off for the Binnaway girls when Alicia Stanton pushed over to score next to the posts.
Ash Tink’s straightforward kick from in front added the extra two points and took the margin to 16-6 in Cobar’s favour.
Tyler Chiswick replied immediately after with a try for the Roosterettes and, with Woods’ conversion just missing the mark, Cobar now had a 20-6 lead.
Cobar continued to attack the try line and not long after Jacobson kicked through and Travis pounced on the ball over the line to score for Cobar to extend their lead to 24-6.
Binnaway rallied to score two tries in quick succession through Tink and Megan Harris who picked up a dropped ball and ran 60 metres to score untagged under the posts.
Tink converted her own try but her second attempt bounced off the crossbar.
With five minutes left to play and the margin 24-16, both sides were desperate to score.
Just before the final hooter, the Binnaway defenders gave Taylah Good just a bit too much room to move and she ran wide skirting around her defenders and crossed to score under the posts.
Laura Gordon’s conversion gave Cobar the 30-16 win and elevated the Cobar team from 4th to 3rd spot on the Castlereagh League Tag competition ladder.
The Roosterettes are at home again this Saturday and come up against the Gulgong Terriers in Round 10 of the competition.
Last time the two sides met in Round 1 at Gulgong, the Roosterettes came out at 38-12 winners and they will be hoping to repeat the performance in front of a home crowd.