Bega crushes Tigers on finals chase

Support player: Bega Rooster James Duncan was among the try-scorers against Batemans Bay, while providing a big impact for the club.
Support player: Bega Rooster James Duncan was among the try-scorers against Batemans Bay, while providing a big impact for the club.

The Bega Roosters have crushed the Bay Tigers in three of four grades on Sunday. 

The Roosters left the hosts in their wake as they opened up cavernous rifts in the scoring, outclassing the Bay Tigers at almost every turn.

However, a surprising result was a loss to the Roosters under 18s squad, going down to the Tigers 38-12.

Club officials said the 18s struggled to contain the speed of the Bay halves combination as well as some decisive runs from the rangy backrowers of the home side. 

The headline first grade result favoured the visiting tri-colours 52-20 in a high scoring showdown.

Tries to James Bower-Scott and Zac Cuzner had the Roosters clear 12-0 early, while the Roosters were never headed off in a scoring frenzy. 

The Bega quicks wreaked havoc on the Bay defence, while gutsy runs from Ryan Apps and James Duncan also saw the pair finding the try-line early on in the piece. 

As centre Declan Bower-Scott continued the streak, the Roosters got away to a 34-10 lead as the Tigers fell into disarray. 

The Bay Tigers clawed there way back with a pair of tries, but the Roosters kept up the frenzy with late tries to Scott Fuller and John Parbery sealing a big win. 

Officials said it was good to see the Roosters nearly back to strength after taking a huge injury toll in recent outings. 

The club is now excited at putting on a strong run towards the finals series as competition has moved into the second round. 

Roosters officials said the reserve grade’s 44-12 win was marred by on-field incidents in the second half as tempers flared. 

“The game just blew up in the second half as Barton from Bega and Nye from the bay were binned after a flare-up in a niggling game,” a spokesman said. 

Scott Ingram continued his purple patch of great form with a four-try haul, while Bobby Taylor, Billy Hudson and Tyler Hoskins-Londero made a good impact on play. 

In the league-tag contest, the Chicks out-classed the Bay Tigresses, but the hosts were able to sneak through a few handy tries to keep the scoreline closer than other games on the day. 

The Chicks had the Bay stunned with some quick runs and good steps to lead 18-0 early in the piece. 

Officials said Elyse Philipzen, Fiona Holmes and Ali Ringland were the standouts with clever passing and polished plays. 

The results were solid for the Roosters and are keeping the club well in the hunt for finals. 

The first grade now sits third behind Cooma and Bombala, while the reserves are comfortably holding second behind the Candelo-Bemboka Panthers. 

The win sees the Chicks holding a top four spot, while the under 18s slipped to third behind Merimbula-Pambula and Narooma off their loss to the Tigers.