A DOUBLE to Cowra winger Jay McClintock has helped the Magpies get back to winning ways against Orange CYMS on Sunday.
Played at Sid Kallis Oval, the Magpies ran in four tries to two in a scrappy 20-12 win.
Frustration got the better of both teams in the second half with errors and penalties riddling the game but when Cowra’s forwards got the ball moving up field CYMS became flat and tired leading to many errors.
Both teams had a good look at each other in the opening exchanges and it was CYMS that looked likely to score first when Tim Bassmann made a break down the left sideline, only for some desperate Cowra defence to hold the ball up in the next play.
A great grubber from Jeremy Gordon was delivered on a platter to Jay McClintock who missed his chance.
Five minutes later Tim Holman set up the exact same opportunity for McClintock to score the first try of the game.
Not long after, a piece of individual brilliance from Magpies fullback Ricky Whitton increased the lead.
CYMS struck back not long after as Matt Penny managed to barge his way over with multiple Magpies hanging off him. The conversion was successful and the score was 8-6.
CYMS were made to pay for an error just before the break with McClintock scoring his second, for Cowra to lead 12-6.
An early error in the second half from the Magpies gifted CYMS a chance but some scrambling defence kept them out.
The score remained 12-6 for the opening 20 minutes of the second half as both teams struggled to put a set of six together.
A try eventually came through CYMS fullback Scott Piper when he crossed next to the post after virtually going untouched from a scoot out of dummy half to make it 12-all.
Dropped balls continued to plague the game, but the re-introduction of skipper Ron Lawrence off the bench got the forwards moving and the result was good for the Magpies.
A nice inside ball from Holman onto a flying K.J Wood gave the Magpies the lead with only 10 minutes remaining.
The final minutes saw CYMS’ frustration get the better of them as penalties gifted Cowra with two goals and an opportunity to wind down the clock to run out 20-12 winners.
Dropped balls was a major concern for CYMS and possibly their best on the day Scott Piper was aware of this.
“We gave them too much ball,” Piper said.
“Our defence was really good and kept us in the game but we just have to work on our cohesion a bit more and hold the ball.”