Bega Roosters knocked off perch by Moruya Sharks

Bega District News

Bega Roosters president Garry Arkin says the Moruya Sharks have locked in their red-hot favourite status after a resounding win over the Bega team on Sunday. 

“It was a resounding 54-12 victory over the Roosters in the round five top-of-the-ladder clash,” Arkin said. 

Arkin said the Sharks’ defensive line and speed off the mark forced errors from the home team to give up possession. 

Rampaging runs by Mick Weyman saw the Sharks ahead 12-0 early on in the piece before the Roosters’ woes continued as Caine Brierley took an intercept and unleashing Justin Bell to score. 

“Then from the restart, Jake Clare showed a strong turn of pace to chase down the kick to score a determined try and the Roosters were shell-shocked to face a 22-point deficit.”

The score could have blown out further, but the Sharks muscled up in defence and, aided by some errors, halted the scoring from Moruya. 

Unfortunately the Dillon Johnston got the Sharks over the line just a minute from the break to lead 28-0. 

Bega coach Kane Morgan gave the talk at half time to complete sets and get to the kick, but a quick error from the restart saw the Sharks back on top. 

James Bower-Scott and Zac Cuzner combined soon into the second to give Bega fans the first try before Craig Dunham pulled off a glorious one-on-one strip for a second. 

Bega’s hopes were dashed when Scott Fuller found himself in the sin bin and the gaps widened for the Sharks crossed for another pair of tries. 

.Earlier the Roosters had fought out a 14-14 draw with the Sharks after an early 10-0 lead to the visitors. 

Leon Blacker fired up the troops to see Steven Luff score Bega’s opening try and then set up Declan Bower-Scott into space to cross again. 

With just five minutes left to play Denis Scott fired into a barnstorming run and put Bega a nose in front 14-10. 

Unfortunately, an error saw the Sharks pick up play in the dying minute and James Nye clinched down the blindside to level on the buzzer 14-14. 

“Luke Aldridge was Bega’s best in another non-stop display,” Arkin said. 

The Chicks genuinely upstaged the visiting Sharkettes with a 38-0 win on Sunday.

Madison Parbery and Desiree Ferreira scored early with Ferreira running down a kick brilliantly. 

Elyse Phillipzen continued the scoring in the second half with a 50-metre sprint before Hayley Jessop, Kezie Apps, Taelar Williams and Olivia Dummett followed suit.  

The under 18s had earlier kept their unbeaten run intact with a 28-8 win over the Sharks. Handling errors were apparent early on, but the Roosters started to stick their passes with Jackson Whitby, James Grant and Declan Bower-Scott crossing to open the lead. 


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