Group 4 second division: Kootingal-Moonbi overpower Uralla

Roosters five-eighth Jordan Sharpe has described the side’s 52-6 win over Uralla at Kootingal as their best performance of the year.

The competitions leaders were at their ruthless best against a game but outgunned Tigers outfit on Saturday, with Roosters No.1 Anthony Smith crossing for three first half tries.

WRAPPED UP: Roosters playmaker Jordan Sharpe (left) is joined by teammate Tristan Flower in shutting down a Uralla play at Kootingal on Saturday.

WRAPPED UP: Roosters playmaker Jordan Sharpe (left) is joined by teammate Tristan Flower in shutting down a Uralla play at Kootingal on Saturday.

The match was effectively over when the Roosters posted three tries late in the first half – two to Smith working the left edge – to lead 36-0 at halftime.

When replacement Blake Stacey crossed almost immediately after the break, followed quickly by a try to centre Logan Howard, an embarrassment was brewing.

As the Tigers players milled in the in-goal area following Howard’s try, one of the side’s trainers said the players were facing a test of character.

Would they be able to “look at themselves in the mirror” after the match.

The pep talk seemed to work.

Uralla produced a spirited but largely unrewarded effort for the remainder of the match.

Their only try came in the 78th minute when replacement Adrian Habchi won the race to an in-goal grubber kick.

“The boys really turned up for each other,” Sharpe said.

“We put in a great 80-minute performance … they scored off a grubber, they didn’t run through our line.

“I thought it was a good effort.”

In other matches, Manilla beat Bingara 56-10, Bendemeer downed Barraba 54-18, Bundarra defeated  Werris Creek 36-24 and Boggabri edged Walcha 26-20.

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