Roosters were in fine form up against Swans

Cobar Roosters’ David Watson (with the ball) trying to avoid two Dunedoo tacklers in Saturday’s First Grade Castlereagh Rugby League game at Tom Knight Memorial Oval. The Roosters finished as 50-14 winners. ▪ Photo contributed

The Cobar Roosters were in fine form on Saturday to record a hefty 50-14 win over Dunedoo at Tom Knight Memorial Oval.

The Roosters hosted Dunedoo for Round 14 of the Christie & Hood Castlereagh Rugby League competition and exacted sweet revenge over the Swans who had claimed a 22-14 victory last time the two sides met in their Round 2 match played at Dunedoo.

Cobar took the lead from the outset with Jed Noonan opening Cobar’s account early which the Roosters followed up with two more tries to lead 18-0 before Dunedoo got themselves into the game.

Noonan was a standout for Cobar in Saturday’s game running in a total of three tries, which helped him to earn the referee’s Best & Fairest three points.

Tim Hillam picked up two points and Ash Davies earned one.

Hillam and Davies both recorded two tries each for the Roosters in Saturday’s win while Tristan Everett, Ben Simon and Marty Turton also crossed for tries for Cobar.

Jay Egan landed four goals for the Roosters before a season-ending shoulder injury saw him leave the field midway through the second half.

Jimmy Neyland took over the kicking duties (as replacement kicker David Watson had also left the field early in the first half with an injury) and Neyland added another goal to Cobar’s final big tally.

For most of the match it had been a good contest between the two teams up until the later stages of the second half when Dunedoo, who only had two subs on the bench, were depleted with injuries which left them with just 12 on the field (and 11 at one stage following a sin-binning).

The Roosters also finished the match with a number of injuries to key players, and they will be tested when they meet Coonamble in Round 15 this Saturday at Coonamble.

The Cobar side currently has a one point advantage over Coonamble on the season’s points table.