Roosters seal first-up victory

Got ya: Bingara fullback Jesse Rogers is crunched by a pair of Kootingal-Moonbi defenders, including Jordan Sharpe (left) in his side's 32-10 loss. Photo: Peter Hardin

Got ya: Bingara fullback Jesse Rogers is crunched by a pair of Kootingal-Moonbi defenders, including Jordan Sharpe (left) in his side's 32-10 loss. Photo: Peter Hardin

You can’t beat momentum in football.

Kootingal-Moonbi would attest to that after taking its strong pre-season form into when it counts on Saturday.

The Roosters opened their Second Division campaign with an impressive 32-10 defeat of Bingara at home on Saturday.

Kootingal-Moonbi, fresh from winning the Pepperell Shield for the first time in club history a fortnight ago, hit the ground running.

The Roosters raced to a 12-0 lead inside the opening quarter of an hour and despite a fightback from the Bullets, held sway going into the main break.

Kootingal-Moonbi went on with the job in the second stanza, running in four unanswered tries to seal victory, much to the delight of coach Paul Hyson.

“There’s always things to work on early in the season, but it was good for us to get the points first-up,” Hyson said.

“We had a few blokes who were having their first hitout, so to get those minutes under the belt will be good.

“We started off well, but didn’t have much possession towards the back end of the first-half because of our ball control and some ill-discipline.

“But we had a good chat at halftime about a few things and controlled the ball better in the second-half.”

Captain Ben Williams impressed at lock for the Roosters, while Josh Crittenden made a welcome return to the club at hooker following a stint at Barraba and playmaker Andrew Martin finished with 12 points (try, four conversions).

Halfback Brad Craddock was one of the few shining lights for the Bullets.

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