Injuries hampered the Eden Tigers’ efforts to overcome the Cooma Stallions on Sunday, but it’s just a small dent on the road to the finals.
A few handling errors in the backlines caused a bit of grief for the Tigers, handing over possession to their rivals in the 36-24 loss.
The Tigers were reeling the Stallions back into the second half, but a mounting injury toll stifled hopes, club spokesman Sheldon Wykes said.
An Eden player suffered a broken arm in the piece before losing a centre to a peck injury.
In the second half, regulars Dylan Fletcher and Michael Wykes also had to come off with injuries as Eden played out the final stages with no subs.
“Sunday was a good effort by our boys considering the set backs they suffered,” Wykes said.
Wykes said a couple of dropped balls in the back lines caused the team some grief, but the Tigers were well in the contest during the second half.
Despite the loss, the Tigers are growing and building on a youthful foundation.
“We’ve got some young players that are getting up and developing, it’s just a matter of getting over this injury hump now,” Wykes said.
The hoped return of Ian Smith and Toby Timms will also bolster the top line-up after Smith put on a stunning display for the Eels in Sunday’s reserve grade win.
Meanwhile, Timms was resting a shoulder injury, but is hoped to make a comeback in the coming weeks.
The under 18s also suffered a loss to the Stallions 44-10 after the Cooma roster capitalised on early opportunities on the fringes.
Cobargo-Bermagui president Dave Allen said the combined juniors were down a few troops due to the holidays but defended well against the strong visiting pack.
The league-tag contest was a reversal for the Eden club with the Tigerettes securing a rousing 24-0 win over the Cooma Fillies.
The Cobargo-Bermagui reserves also claimed a win with a 26-20 victory over the Stallions, holding out a second half lead to the final buzzer.
Wykes said growth in the under 18s and development of the partnership between the two clubs put the two teams in good stead for a strong season.
Playing under the portability rules has worked very well for the Candelo-Bemboka and Pambula-Merimbula clubs and signs are good it could bode well for the Eden club.
“It’s sort of getting better and better as it rolls along, Cobargo has been getting stronger and the juniors are getting some numbers to compete well,” Wykes said. “The communication is improving and hopefully some of our boys will be available to them and vice versa.”
Backup: Eden Tiger Elvis Tui backs up Dylan Fletcher before Fletcher was injured in Eden’s loss to Cooma on Sunday.
This weekend is a rep round in Batemans Bay with Eden’s next game to be played in Moruya on May 1.
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