Cowra Eagles captain Tom Dewhurst identified lapses in defence as the downfall at Dubbo on Saturday, as well as failing to take advantage of opportunities to post points.
A four-try haul to Billy Sing led the Dubbo Kangaroos to a 52-8 win at No. 1 Oval, the Eagles scoring the first points but unable to contain the home side as Roos took over and ran in eight tries.
“For most of the game it was pretty tight but when we lapsed, we let them score, when they lapsed, we made a break and then they tackled us again,” Dewhurst said.
“A lot of [the problem] is communication – they went through us when we stopped talking.”
John Grant opened the scoring early for Cowra with three-pointer after the Roos conceded a number of penalties in their own half.
But the Roos bounced back through Sing, who blew apart the Eagles’ line with ease to score his first try.
It was quickly followed by a spectacular team try. Jock Brownhill burst through Cowra’s line and drew defenders before flicking the ball to Sing, who passed it on to send Ryan over.
Aand he's in again! Here's Vili's first try pic.twitter.com/BNNL2HozGE— Jennifer Hoar (@JenniferHoar) June 17, 2017
Not to be outdone, Viliame Turuva proved why he is regarded as one of the most influential players in this year’s competition by snagging two consecutive tries of his own. Twice Turuva turned the Eagles’ defence inside-out, running 40 metres to extend the Roos’ lead.
Grant battled his way over to make the score 28-8 at half time, and the second half began more positively for Cowra as they denied the Roos’ advances for almost 20 minutes.
But then Sing struck again, triggering something of a landslide for the Roos to claim the bonus point win.
Eighteen-year-old Josh Jassprizza excelled on debut for the Roos first grade, while fellow young guns Luke Ryan, Hamish Gordon and Charlie Laurie continued their strong form.
“It was really good out there,” Ned Williams said following his debut as Roos captain.
“They really put the pressure on us and I think we really came through there in the end … really good things have come out of today.”
Dubbo Kangaroos (Billy Sing 4, Viliame Turuva 2, Luke Ryan 2; Hamish Gordon 6 goals) defeated Cowra Eagles (John Grant try; John Grant penalty).