Bega Roosters to show dominance over Bay Tigers

Linebreak: Scott Ingram charges through the Bombala line in the last round and will be a driving force for Bega against the Bay Tigers.
Linebreak: Scott Ingram charges through the Bombala line in the last round and will be a driving force for Bega against the Bay Tigers.

The Bega Roosters are likely to walk over the Batemans Bay Tigers in all four grades on Sunday. 

The clubs esssentially sit as polar-opposites on the competition ladder with Bega occupying a top-three spot in each grade as the Bay Tigers slump near the bottom of the table. 

And with a number of injured players returning fresh from a week off, the Roosters will nearly be back to strength and their recent form has put them clearly in premiership contention. 

Meanwhile, the Tigers resemble a house of cards, able to string together some good passages with their full outfit, but without even a single play-maker they fumble and fold quickly under pressure.

Bega will call on the depth of their reserves and under 18s to put an impressive side on the park Sunday, one the club will have no doubts is able to run over the Bay Tigers and secure the competition points. 

The under 18s and reserve grade fixtures are the strongest suits for the Bay when they host the Roosters at McKay Park, but it will be an uphill battle against a club that is building momentum for a finals push. 

The under 18s Roosters have only dropped to the dominant Merimbula-Pambula Bulldogs in the opening nine rounds, and look promising for a grand final berth with devastating runs from their forward pack. 

The Roosters take command in the front lines, whittling away the defence as they have to keep up a massive tackle rate under sheer weight of possession. 

And from there, the Bega quicks will have plenty of space to work with as more gaps open up. 

In the reserve fixture, the Roosters have gone from strength to strength and now provide depth for the first grade Bega outfit. 

Scott Ingram has had some blinders in his last two outings, while returning young gun Shannon Shepherdson helps guide play and keep up talk on the field. 

Steven Luff has had flashes of brilliance with some darting runs alongside a myriad of solo performers. 

But they don’t stand as individuals and the teamwork of the Roosters has come to the fore in recent outings and that will prove the biggest hurdle for the Bay on Sunday. 

In ladies play, the Bega Chicks have been showing good glimpses of their premiership form with a new leadership group forming on the ground. 

Expect some fast runs and clever plays from the Chicks as they capitalise on any errors from the Bay on Sunday. 

Games run at McKay Park, with league-tag from 10.30am, under 18s at 11.30am then reserves at 1pm and first grade at 2.30pm.