It was another tough day at the office for Tumut, who visited Wagga City in round 10 of the Southern Inland Rugby Union (SIRU) competition, going down 59-17 at Conolly Park on Saturday.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Tumut, who pushed City for the first 65 minutes of the contest.
Tumut led 10-7 after 15 minutes with Vincent Wise crossing for an entertaining try on the right edge, and the visitors only trailed the unbeaten Wagga side 31-17 at the break when Jim Meya scored a try just on the half time whistle and Harrison Friswell slotted the conversion from the sideline.
Will Kingwill, Andy Graham, Harrison Friswell, Dan Dowson, TJ Sala and Jim Meya all shone for Tumut in the first stanza.
The Bulls really gave it to City for the first hour or so but unfortunately for the Red and Blacks, the flood gates opened, and City piled on the tries, running out 57-17 victors.
For City, former Southcity Bull Steven Tracey was filling in for Dylan McLachlan, and scored four tries and converted seven of his team’s tries in the process.
Jone Kurusiga and Waisale Sauvinaloto were also impressive, with the pair scoring a brace each.
Tumut will be disappointed with the loss, but there were definitely encouraging signs, and with a week off due to the bye, the Bulls will be eyeing a strong return against Griffith in round 12 of the competition.
In other SIRU round 10 games played on Saturday, Albury did away with Reddies 37-14 and Waratahs were too good for Aggies 38-5.
In second grade action, Tumut returned to the winner’s list with a strong 55-33 victory over Deniliquin at Conolly Park.
Aidan Thomas and Isireli Baleitavuki both scored a double, helping the Red and Blacks to their third win of the season.
The Bull’s reserves have a bye next week before a visit to the third-placed Griffith Blacks in round 12 of the competition.