Camels impressive in first win of the season

Cobar Camel Tristan Schneider (with the ball) charges into the Coonamble defence in their Western Plains Rugby game at Ailsa Fitzsimmons Memorial Oval on Saturday.

After a very tough start to the year, the Cobar Camels recorded their first win of  the Western Plains Rugby season on Saturday against Coonamble, 26-15.

Starting the year with three away games had Cobar on the back foot, and the prospect of facing a red hot Coonamble Rams team on Saturday was always going to be a tough job.

Cobar started on the attack and an early penalty opportunity to Tom Wall saw the home team take first points. Another penalty soon after, followed by a great team try to Zach Finn, had the Camels running red hot.

Coonamble managed to sneak across shortly after but another brilliant Camels’ backline move started by Wiaan Oosthuizen, put Tom Wall in a gap and over the line.

The halftime score was 18-5 to the Camels.

The second half was very rugged, with the game going end to end but a penalty in front saw Tom Wall collect three more needed points pulling the Camels out to a 21-5 lead.

That was until Coonamble broke through to score and close the margin to 21-10.

Coonamble’s flyhalf was having a massive game and shortly after crossed for his second try taking the score to 21-15.

The last 15 minutes of the match were a nail biter until the Camels managed to break through and score the match winning try through Wall off some excellent lead up work by the forwards.

Best and fairest points went to Khaleb Whitehurst (3), Wall (2), Kody Martin (1) and Slade Neale (1) and Wall was voted the
Players’ Player.—contributed