Clarence Town Cobras scored another convincing win to boost their confidence and prove the team’s ability to win away from home.
Clarro ran in 7 tries against the Morpeth “Bulls” on a gloomy Saturday afternoon at Morpeth Oval.
An almost faultless completion rate in attack during the first 40 minutes laid the foundations for a handy lead at the break.
Clarro asserted their authority early in the game when centre James Foot ran on to a neat pass from Kieran Hinton to score. Badior added the extras from wide out for 6-0 lead.
The Cobras were in again when Tom Rumbel proved too strong for the opposition when he crossed for a splendid individual try.
Badior again added the extras from wide out to give Clarro a 12-0 lead with only 10 minutes gone in the game.
A huge effort in defence from the Cobras forwards continually forced the Bulls into error.
Midway through the first half Brad Johnson stormed on to an inside ball from Badior and raced 30 metres to score leaving a trail of defenders in his wake and stretching the lead to 16-0.
Only five minutes later it was Foot again scoring as he stepped his way through the defence to score his second try for the afternoon. A one flag up one flag down unsuccessful conversion left the score at 20-0 in favour of the Cobras.
The Cobras deserved their lead and went to half time well in control of the game.
The second half was a totally different game altogether, frequent lapses in concentration and half hearted attempts at tackles enabled the homeside to post early points and put themselves on the scoreboard at 20-4.
From the restart Clarro regained possession from a loose pass and Johnson did what he does best and that is score a try when its needed when he ran on to a clever pass from Matt Hinton and increase the lead to 26-4.
At this stage the game turned into a seesawing affair as far end to end attack, possession and try scoring went.
The Cobras defence was at times was uncommitted and therefore allowed the Bulls to gain momentum and it wasn’t long before they were able to score again closing the gap to 26-10.
Clarro looked to be in big trouble when the Morpeth centre scored without a hand laid on him to bring them right into the game at 26-18.
Fortunately for the Cobras Ben Trappel defused another dangerous situation when he intercepted a Morpeth raid close to the line and raced 90 metres to score and give the visitors a little more space and a 32-18 lead.
It was fullback Joe Gorton that saved a certain try for his side when he turned and chased down a runaway Morpeth hooker just short of the line. Unfortunately the chase was in vain as the Cobras were unable to regroup quickly enough and the Bulls were in again from the next play the ball and close the gap once more to 32-22.
Rob Elliott completed the days total by scoring his first eighy point try when he was fouled after grounding the ball. Badior had no trouble with the two conversions making the final score 40-22.
Although it would seem easy to be critical of the Cobras short lapses in commitment they thoroughly deserved their victory.
They did have to contend with a sinbinning during the second half and overall were by far the better team. There were several fine efforts on the day but young winger Brodie Thackeray continues to improve and his involvement was rewarded with the players’ player award, something he should be very proud of.
Congratulations to Phil Badior who passed the 100 points mark for the season.
No games played this weekend, the Cobras are at home the following weekend when they take on competition leaders Abermain on Sunday at 2pm.
Best forward Brad Johnson, best back Tom Rumbel, supporters award Andrew Bashford, best benchy Daniel Crozier and players’ player Brodie Thackeray.
Best and fairest points: Brad Johnson 3, Kieran Hinton 2 and Tom Rumbel 1.
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