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Injured captain-coach of the Dunedoo Swans, Tim Condon, had to watch from the sidelines as his team signalled their premiership intentions with a comprehensive 36-18 win over the high-flying Cobar Roosters at Dunedoo’s Robertson Oval on Saturday.
Condon was one of six injured Swans who couldn’t take the field in the final round of the 2020 Christie and Hood Castlereagh League competition but he was impressed with what he saw from his re-arranged outfit.
“I couldn’t fault the players out there today, the most pleasing aspect being that we had so many players playing out of position,” Condon said.
“It was a good, tough win which we needed going into the semi-finals next weekend.”
Cobar’s captain coach David Watson confirmed the Swans were too good on the day, conceding that his side were “flat and didn’t get off the bus all that well.”
He is hoping for a better outcome next Sunday when the two sides meet again in a knock-out semi final that will be played on the Roosters’ home turf.
In what at times was a fiery encounter, the Swans got off to a perfect start in the opening minute when winger Jarrod Toole touched down out wide for what was to be the first of his team’s seven tries.
The Roosters were reeling after being down 20-6 going into the final minute of the first half but James Neyland was able to spot a gap in the Dunedoo defence and scored a try that boosted their spirits and they went into the sheds at halftime only trailing by 8.
The second half saw the Swans again score in the opening minute, before the Roosters responded with a converted try to make it a six-point margin but despite their best efforts, that was as close as the visitors were going to get.
Dunedoo drew away to score an impressive 36-18 victory, which certainly will give them plenty of confidence heading into next week.