First hit out for Roosters in new comp

The Cobar Roosters side came up against a tough Bourke Warriors outfit in their first game of the Barwon Darling Rugby League competition on Sunday at Bourke.

While Cobar matched it with Bourke for the first half of the game, they were however eventually beaten 52-26.

Cobar First Grade coach Ben Simon said with four key players out for Sunday’s match due to work commitments he was prepared for it to be a tough game against Bourke, especially on their home ground.

“At half time there was only about eight or 10 points the difference,” Simon said.

With only three reserves on their bench (compared to nine or 10 Bourke subs) and two injuries which left the Roosters with only one sub for the second half, Simon said it was then that the difference was apparent.

“In about the last 15 minutes they scored five tries.

“Our blokes were pretty tired, particularly the forwards and I had to move them into the centre to give them a bit of a rest,” he said.

Simon said his Roosters backs really shined in Sunday’s game.

“Will Whitton was very handy for us along with Rob Childs who scored two tries from dummy half.

“Also Jayden Martin, playing at five-eighth, had a good game and steered his kicking us around the park.”

Simon also praised Jeb Bishop and David Watson saying the pair worked well together.

Over the past two weeks Simon said the fitness of the overall team has well and truly improved.

“We’ve had two solid weeks of training and I think it’s making a difference.

“We’ve been able to talk more and for longer on the field; being fitter helps there as well,” Simon said.

Anyone not yet registered and who is interested in playing is welcome to go along to training.

“We’re allowed to have 35 players registered, so the doors are still open for more players to join us,” Simon said.

There are no scheduled competition games this weekend however teams have been invited to participate in a Gala Day in Walgett.