The Corowa Cougars were defeated at their home ground by Wodonga Storm 28 to 26 on Sunday in what can only be described as a lack-lustre affair.
Corowa led 16 to 10 at the half time break and it looked as if they were going to win in a very even match but time dealt them a different ending.
Coach Brendon Compton was very upset after the clash with the team ordinary in defence and letting themselves down after initially looking good with the ball.
The defence was good in the first ten minutes of the second half but it fell away after that.
Adam Henderson raced away from the half way line to score the Cougars first try and it was converted, Corowa 6 nil after only three minutes of play.
Only minutes later it was Wodonga’s turn to score after receiving a penalty and they marched their way down the field to touch down - Corowa 6 Wodonga 4.
Wodonga were next to score after receiving a general play the ball and raced to the lead - Wodonga 10, Corowa 6.
Casey Quinlivan raced over for a simple try for the home team out wide, scores 10 apiece.
Billy Nicholls scored for Corowa after some good forward work to get the ball up the right end of the field; it was converted on the half time break - Corowa leading 16 to 13.
Adam Henderson was running off Braith Murphy’s pass and charged his way over out wide, Corowa 20 to Wodonga 10 after the break.
Adam Henderson received the ball on the half way mark and ran his way through the Storm defence to stretch the score board to Corowa 26, Wodonga 10.
Wodonga Storm hit back after the Cougars kept dropping the ball, scoring quickly thanks to some ordinary defence - Corowa 26 to Wodonga 22.
Wodonga scored only minutes after the last try and made their mark on the score board at 26 all.
The visitors then received a penalty right in front of the goal post and made little mistake to hit the front 28 to 26.
Cougars 26 def by Wodonga Storm 28.
Awards: Ricky D’s Pizza Award - Casey Quinlivan, The Old Boys Players Player - Braith Murphy, House of Trends - Chris Dugdale, Encouragement Awards - Nick Lomana and Casey Quinlivan.
The Corowa Cougars would like to thank their major sponsors Billy’s Custom Spray Painting, Corowa Home Improvements, Upton Steel Supplies and minor sponsors Shalew Spraying and Ag Services, Cofield and Co Plumbing, Corowa Furnishings and Floors and Corowa Dry Cleaners for their support.
The Cougars are set to take on the Murray River Warriors in West Albury this Sunday.