The Roosters will need to fire up for what could be a frosty reception this weekend.
The Bega club is heading up the mountain to play the Cooma Stallions at the Cooma Showground, a park that is quickly shaping as a fortress for the club.
Cooma’s first grade has turned away all challengers in the first five rounds of the competition, but their results at home are dramatic, one-sided, punishing.
The Roosters are not a club to shy away from the challenge and they’ve boasted their own results early in the season, but it will certainly shake down as a battle of the forwards.
Cooma’s pack is immense and run at the line with a dogged determination that can prove draining for defenders.
The Roosters will contest with renewed size in their forwards this season, but as always they will just be looking to make space for the quick-stepping outside backs.
James Bower-Scott, Lee Fuller and Joel Tamatea are names quickly becoming synonymous with try-scoring.
Meanwhile, Scott Fuller and Declan Bower-Scott are deceptively strong and are able to push through.
The Roosters will certainly be aiming to be the first club to knock the Stallions off their pedestal, and keep an eye out for the clever plays on the fringes of the ruck.
In ladies play, the Bega Chicks appear to be quick-studies with the fresh-faced team taking up the game in record time and already building back to strength.
Officials said they were buoyed by the return of a few veterans, but the young bloods are also impressing with some darting runs.
Despite the home crowd support, the Bega Chicks will likely prove too fast and difficult to contain for the Fillies in their fixture.
In other rounds, the Candelo-Bemboka Panthers will head to the ‘Dogpound’ – Pambula Sporting Complex – to clash with the Merimbula-Pambula Bulldogs.
The Pink Panthers will be looking to recover from recent losses with renewed focus on their structure in the attack, while the Hot Doggies return fresh after a week off due to a forfeit.
In the reserves, the Panthers are building back to strength and will look to exert their dominance against the Bull Ants.
Merimbula-Pambula is strong on it’s right edge, and Panthers captain coach Jake McDonald will again look to his defenders to shut out the opposition.
Finally, the Bermagui-Cobargo Sea Eagles will meet the Bombala Blue Heelers with joint club Eden hosting the Heelers at George Brown Memorial Oval.
Game times online
Pink Panthers v Merimbula – Pambula @ 10am
Panthers v Bull Ants @ 1.30pm
Roosters v Cooma @ 10.30am for league-tag, the under 18s at 11.30, reserves from 1pm and first grade @ 2.30pm.
The Eels play the Bomabala Blue Heelers @ 1pm.