Cobras halt Bulls charge

Clarence Town Cobra players Zach Thackeray and Kieran Hinton tackle a Morpeth player in Sundays game.Clarence Town Cobras treated their large crowd of supporters to a rousing 52-24 victory over the Morpeth Bulls on Sunday.
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The home side ran in nine tries in a dominant display of rugby league.

Clarro asserted their authority early in the game. From a cross field kick on the last tackle winger Rob Elliott leapt high above the defense to score. A sideline conversion by Phil Badior gave Clarro an early 6-0 lead.

Shortly after Morpeth finished off some good lead up work to score and level the scores at 6-6.

The Cobras hit back immediately when lock Zach Thackeray accepted a neat pass from Kieran Hinton to score next to the posts and again lead 12-6.

But an offside penalty allowed the visitors to set up deep in the Cobras half and capitilise on a poor read in defence to again level the scores at 12-12.

It took a brilliant 30 metre solo effort from Brad Johnson to give the the Clarro an upper hand at the break and the lead 18-12 again.

The second half belonged to the Cobras. On the back of a dominant forward pack, they scored the next five tries to completely outclass the opposition.

It was de ja vu when Johnson burst through the defence to score and push the lead out to 24-12 and again it was him who broke the line and after a long run he passed to centre Tony Maytom to outpace the defence and stretch the score to 28-12

The Cobras went further ahead when Morpeth failed to defuse a bomb and Pete Lilley run untouched to score under the posts. The conversion left Clarro with a commanding 34-12 lead.

A clever scrum base play saw five eight Ben Trappel out-speed the defence to score and then Elliott collected a double when he was on the end of a clever run and an even clever backhand pass from Middleton to cross out wide.

Another great conversion from Badior and the score was now 46-12.

Morpeth scored off a dropped ball from the restart but again the home-side answered with good lead up work enabling hooker Lachlan Bosworth to use his dummy half skills to dive over.

The visitors scored a good try just before fulltime to conclude the scoring 52-24 in favour of the locals.

Best forward Brad Johnson, best back Phil Badior, supporters award Steve Boyton, best benchy Matt Hinton and players’ player Callan Gorman.

Best and fairest points – 3 Brad Johnson, 2 Phil Badior, 1 Callan Gorman.

It was a tremendous effort from the Cobras but I’m sure they will be well aware it can be a different story next week when they are on the road for the first time this season to an Abermain side who are also travelling very well at this early stage.

The game is scheduled for Sunday at 2pm.

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