Roosters, Chicks pecking at Dogs

• Rooster Marty Scott-Thomas combines with a team-mate to bring down a Bullpup on Saturday
• Rooster Marty Scott-Thomas combines with a team-mate to bring down a Bullpup on Saturday

THE Bega Roosters claimed big wins in the Group 16 rugby league under 18 and league-tag clashes on Saturday night. 

The Chicks were in top form to score a massive 46-0 win over the Pambula-Merimbula Hotdoggies. 

It was a free-scoring frenzy for the Chicks. 

The Hotdoggies were fit and in fine form, but an early error saw possession given to the Chicks. 

Bega struck shortly after with a blistering passage of play up the left wing to post the first points. 

Hayley Jessop joined the fray and had Bega across the line again. 

Jessop had a double on the night with an excellent 40-metre solo try effort. 

Roosters president Garry Arkin said the Chicks were led to the win by clever plays.

“Captain Joccoaa Rogers, Tegan Mundy, Alliera Bower-Scott and Hayley Jessop were key play makers in the side,” Arkin said. 

Meanwhile, Rogers was strong with the boot in spite of the windy conditions. 

By half-time the Chicks were up four tries to none 22-0. 

Arkin said the game was an opportunity to try out combinations of new players. 

“Badullovich is keen to get newcomers into the side at game time as they transition through the loss of several key members,” he said. 

Second half performances were scorching as the Hotdoggies fought hard and play fluctuated end-to-end. 

However, the Chicks were able to beat the defence in the 20 to post points. 

Kezie Apps made a cameo appearance for the Chicks.

During her stint she was able to post a hat-trick of tries in a blazing run. 

 Rogers added her own in the second as the score began to blowout. 

Tegan Mundy, Judith Orman and Taelar Williams all chipped in to deny the Hotdoggies any chance of a comeback. 

With the conversions added the full-time siren sounded and the Chicks ran out 46-0 winners. 

Meanwhile, the Roosters under 18s were too strong for the Bullpups to record a 30-14 win.

 Arkin said he was enjoying the up-and-coming talent from the under 18s. 

“Their pre season form showed that they have some rising talent in their ranks and will be keen to see the side go through their paces over the season,” Arkin said. 

Arkin said the squad was under new guidance. 

“[There are] new coaches James Scott and Grant Dowdle.

“They both boast good credentials and have had good numbers at training,” Arkin said. 

The training paid off as Bower-Scott and Dowdle both crossed for tries. 

They were joined across the line by Cael Kelly, Jye Britten, Declan Bower-Scott and Zach Ingram. 

By half-time the Roosters had a handy 12-0 lead. 

 The Bullpups fought back in the second half to see three tries down the left-hand attack. 

However, the damage had been done on the scoreboard with Bega matching them try-for-try. 

James had a 50 per cent hit ratio with his kicking, but it was enough to see the Roosters clear 30-14. 


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