Roosters reserves cement competition lead

Kicker: Josh Shepherdson passes to his outside against the Bombala Blue Heelers with the five-eighth one of the best against Cooma on Saturday.
Kicker: Josh Shepherdson passes to his outside against the Bombala Blue Heelers with the five-eighth one of the best against Cooma on Saturday.

While most senior grades enjoyed a wet-weather round bye, the Bega Roosters reserves played host to the Cooma Stallions on Saturday. 

The competition-leading Roosters made few mistakes on their way to a 28-12 scoreline against the Stallions, shoring up their place at the top of the podium. 

The Bega number seven, Josh Shepherdson, opened the scoring early, crossing for a try in the first three minutes, but the conversion faded wide in the wind. 

The Roosters were working up the ruck well and just six minutes later Blake Grant found room to move with Shepherdson adding the extras to lead 10-0.

The third in the first half for Bega came through coach and hooker Scott Barton with Shepherdson  again making the kick count.  

To their credit, the Stallions were in the thick of play in the first half, with tries to Jaylan Hardiman and Scott Weber putting them only narrowly behind 16-12. 

However, the second half was wholly dominated by the home team with Bega carding a pair of tries and keeping the Stallions off the ledger to win 28-12. 

Todd Ingram scored early, while just 10 minutes later Daniel Hyland essentially put the game out of reach. 

It was a fantastic result for the Roosters, who handed the Cooma club just their second loss of the season. 

It sees the tri-colours sitting proud of the Stallions by three competition points on the ladder and eyeing off a potential minor premiership. 

The Roosters first grade has a bye this weekend, while the reserves take on the Panthers and Bemboka.