Roosters give up healthy lead to go down to Wallabys
FOUR years ago Hayden Caughey departed Wallabys when his age group was left without a team and headed to Calliope Roosters to play his rugby league.
Since then he has been loyal to the Roosters, progressing through the junior ranks and has now been handed the ball and told to run the game from halfback.
Last season the classy Roosters side narrowly missed the grand final and Caughey was keen to make his own impression on Saturday night, but was left lamenting a loss to the Wallabys after giving away a healthy lead.
"We had an NRL side team last year, we have pretty much a new side this year," he said.
"We were up 22-10 at half time, then got to 34-10 and went down 36-34."
In his second year in the top grade, 19-year-old Caughey believes the Roosters will contend for the title.
He said a lack of discipline in the Wallabys loss allowed the opposition back into the game.
"It was a good game, we went down in the last 20 seconds," he said.
"If we can get a few more to training we should go well, we need some more fitness."
Despite blowing such a big lead, the Roosters proved they have what it takes to be in the hunt this season, Caughey showing the ability to add spark as well, scoring a nice try on the end of a kick during the first half.
"There was a bit of fluke in that," Caughey said with a laugh.
Calliope vs Wallabys:
- A Grade- Wallabys 36 defeated Calliope 34
- Reserves- Wallabys 31 defeated Calliope 10
- U18- Calliope 16 drew Wallabys 16