Eagles swoop Roosters for grand final ticket

Tathra Sea Eagles Rugby League Football Club have forced their way into this year's grand final with a four point win over Bega on Sunday. Picture: Jacob McMaster

Tathra Sea Eagles Rugby League Football Club have forced their way into this year's grand final with a four point win over Bega on Sunday. Picture: Jacob McMaster

The Tathra Sea Eagles have forced their way into the Group 16 Rugby League grand final with an upset four point victory of minor premiers the Bega Roosters.

Bega fired up straight away, so the boys thought they should have a go.

Tathra Sea Eagles Rugby League Football Club president Peter Finucane

Tathra backed up their 32-10 victory over the Bulldogs last week with a 20-16 win against the Roosters, who luckily have a second chance at to booking themselves a place in the final if they can defeat the Bulldogs this weekend.

Coach James Scott said after Sunday's game he was "stoked" by the win, while Sea Eagle Rueben Smahel said he was "on top of the world".

Bega found themselves with a 6-0 lead within just three minutes before Tathra scored the next 20 points and held down a 20-12 lead at half time.

A 20 minute burst in the first quarter saw Tathra control play with four tries. Callum Bower-Scott scoring 10 himself, with a try and two conversions.

Club president Peter Finucane said recently being named Country Rugby League Club of the Year for 2019 had inspired many players to finish the season on top.

"The award really gave the whole club a boost and an incentive to win," he said.

Many Sea Eagles will be playing their first final in a 1st grade jersey, and Finucane said consistent hard work on their defencive strategies through the season helped keep the Roosters at bay.

"Bega fired up straight away, so the boys thought they should have a go. We've been notoriously slow starters and Bega are a consistent side," he said.

"We did really struggle for the last 20 minutes, we didn't have much left in the tank."

He said the week off will help the squad, with many players returning from injury for Sunday's physical encounter.

Meanwhile, Roosters coach Scott Barton said his squad didn't make the most of their many opportunities, and will look to lift for this weekend's battle against the Merimbula - Pambula Bulldogs.

"Everyone's obviously a little bit down. We weren't good enough, and that's credit to them [Tathra]," Barton said.

"We had plenty of opportunities to put the game away but didn't. We're going to have to get our heads right and prepare right."

Barton said his team has the ability to take home this year's premiership and the squad has the self belief they can lift the trophy in a fortnight's time.

"It's all attitude. Everyone at this time of the year is carrying injuries, but we're really positive," he said.

"We've been consistent all season."

Both the Bega reserves and league-tag ladies have claimed grand final spots.

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