At Reg Ford Oval on Sunday the Clarence Town Cobras produced their best effort for some time to move into second place in the competition.
Clarro went into the game well aware that a win against their opposition the Hinton Hornets would take second place away from them.
In contrast to previous weeks the Cobras could not have started any better when on only the third tackle of the game Kieran Hinton broke through the blind side defence to make a long run before sending Tom Rumbel on his way to the line and an early 4-0 lead.
The game settled into an arm wrestle for 15 minutes but eventually through a missed tackle the Hornets five eight broke the line and scored to give them the lead 6-0.
The Cobras hit back immediately, again through Hinton, he ran strongly on to the ball using good footwork and leaving the defence in tatters to score. Clarro were back in the lead at 10-6.
At this point in the game the home side took control, solid defense from James Spence and Kyle Ridgeway took its toll on the opposition and Mat Hinton took advantage of some tired defence to prove too big and too strong to score.
The score was now 14-6 in Clarro’s favour.
In what could only be described as a superb first half performance it was again Kieran Hinton that broke the line to be brought down just metres short.
Thackeray was on hand to take advantage of a quick play the ball to crash over and score. Badior added the extras and Clarro now led 22-6.
The Hornets were able to keep in touch shortly before half time when Clarro lacked concentration and commitment just before the break to allow a soft try leaving the score at 22-12.
The Cobras were under pressure early in the second half and defended well to hold off several Hinton raids.
Eventually they opened the scoring after good ball movement saw Ridgeway crash over out wide and increase the lead to 26-6.
Clarro seemed to be gaining momentum with strong defense forcing the Hornets to drop out on two consecutive sets of six, but a dropped ball, a penalty and couple of half hearted tackles saw the visitors travel the length of the field to score and get themselves back into the game at 26-12.
Fortunately and to their credit this was the only lapse the Cobras allowed.
They were soon back on track when James Foot ran strongly down the blind to score and stretch the lead to 30-12.
Young wingers Brodie Thackeray and Mitch Elliott continued their improvement by involving themselves in numerous plays in both attack and defense.
Brad Johnson continued his season try scoring spree by crossing for the Cobras final try giving the home side a convincing 36-18 win.
Congratulations fellas, it just goes to show what can happen when you control the ball and start the game well.
Thank you very much to all the supporters who make the boys feel proud to be playing in front of a packed home ground.
Next week Clarro to Carrington to play the Pirates at 2pm on Sunday.
Best forward Kieran Hinton, best back Tom Rumbel, supporters award Kyle Ridgeway, best benchy James Spence, players’ players Zach Thackeray and James Spence.
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