Yabbies continue improvement but Cootamundra too good | Photos

Owen Griffiths watches his conversion attempt late in the game on Saturday at Cranfield Oval. He picked up three points for the Yabbies' best on ground.
Owen Griffiths watches his conversion attempt late in the game on Saturday at Cranfield Oval. He picked up three points for the Yabbies' best on ground.

Young will take confidence out of Saturday's match knowing they can contend with ladder leaders Cootamundra, despite losing 45-29.

The Yabbies posted five tries to Cootamundra's six in the loss at Cranfield Oval, superior spot-kicks helping the Tri-Colours register a 16-point round 10 win.

The Yabbies showed huge improvement in contrast to the two sides' previous encounter this year, which Cootamundra won 64-19.

"We weren't disappointed at all. Considering they're the ladder leaders and how they beat us earlier in the year," clubman Nick Duff said.

Some ill-discipline from Young in the beginning of the second half allowed the Tri-Colours to build a comfortable lead.

A couple of late consolation tries by Yabbies Jeshua Smith and Owen Griffiths reduced the deficit to 16 points at the final hooter.

The match coincided as the inaugural Ben Smith Memorial Trophy game between the two sides.

"Ben played for both clubs during his rugby career and as small way of honoring his memory the trophy will be contested annually on a home and away basis," the Yabbies said in a statement on its Facebook page.

The result ended Young's two-game winning streak and increases Cootamundra's unbeaten run this South West Oilsplus season.

This week, Young travels to Condoblin to take on the Rams.