Sunday’s game between the Clarence Town Cobras and Abermain Hawks was a tough and fast spectacle. The Cobras were playing their first game away for the season against a team that had been winning by convincing margins in their previous games.
The Clarence Town team can be congratulated on their determination and courage, but I’m sure would be disappointed in the fundamental errors which led to their downfall.
The initial defence and attack from both teams was intense but a simple one on one missed tackle allowed the Abermain fullback to stroll over for the opening try.
The introduction of forwards Matt Hinton, Kyle Ridgeway and Blake Thackeray had an immediate impact. In the 25th, 28th and 32nd minutes the Cobras ran in three quick tries to stamp their authority on the game.
Rob Elliott found himself on the end of a high cross field kick to score the first try and shortly after Kieran Hinton produced a great individual run then brilliantly offloaded to a flying Ben Trappel to score under the posts.
Phil Badior was in the thick of things shortly after when he stepped beautifully and passed to Tom Rumbel who was too strong for the defence. Clarro had raced to a 16-4 lead with just eight minutes to the break.
In the context to the outcome of the game it was these few minutes that allowed the Hawks the momentum needed to get themselves into the game.
After Clarro conceded consecutive offside penalties Abermain scored an easy try from dummy half then a speculating high kick right on the halftime siren resulted in a dropped ball from the Cobras and a simple try to the Hawks halfback which left the game locked at 16 all at the break.
The start of the second half was again a torrid affair.
The clash of the two forward packs kept the large crowd entertained but again consecutive penalties and a sin binning took its toll on the Cobras defence and Abermain barged over to take a 22-16 lead.
Although the next 20 minutes of play produced a number of bruising tackles and clever attack it was Abermain who were able to take the better advantages to score and skip away with a 28-16 lead.
The Cobras fought back immediately courtesy of a barnstorming run from Brad Johnson. He received a neat inside pass from Trappel and proved too strong to cross next to the posts. The conversion left Clarro within reach at 28-22.
Try as they may the game was put out of their reach when the Hawks converted a penalty goal late in the game to win a thrilling encounter 30-22.
Although it would be easy to dwell on a few things in the game that went against the Cobras I think that all who participated and watched would agree if you look at the finer points the better team won on the day.
In saying that, no one would doubt the teams’ effort and courage.
Next week the Cobras are at home to Belmont Souths on Saturday at 3pm.
Best forward Tom Rumbel, best back Ben Trappel, supporters award Rob Elliott, best benchy Kyle Ridgeway, players’ player Kieran Hinton.
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