Despite a spirited second half rally, the Cobar Roosters First Grade side, was outplayed by the Coonabarabran Unicorns
48-16 on Saturday.
Cobar hosted the new team in the Christie & Hood Castlereagh League for the opening round of the 2019 competition at Tom Knight Memorial Oval on Saturday afternoon in front of a packed home crowd.
The Cobar side has a few new faces this year, along with some old faces with Steve Nicholson returning to play with the Roosters after a few years break and Mark Aumua was back in the front row after coming out of retirement for the third year running.
The Roosters were slow to gel in the first half and poor communication and hurried play hurt them with the visitors having a 36-0 advantage by the half time break.
Ben Simon sparked the Roosters attack in the second half (as he always manages to do) and his two tries and a third try to Chris Deighton helped the Cobar team to dominate the scoreboard in the second half.
Cobar started to work together however the heat drained both sides in the second half which led to a number of ball handling mistakes.
Jed Noonan, Deighton and Marty Turton did a lot of work in defence and Noonan and Tristan Everett also served the Roosters well in their attacking raids.
The club’s Best and Fairest points went to Noonan (3), Everett (2) and Deighton (1).