Bulls reserves face Deni road trip

The Tumut Bulls will head to Deniliquin on Saturday to take on the Drovers.

The Southern Inland Rugby Union (SIRU) season officially kicks off this week, but for Tumut, they will only have one team in action, with their first grade and women’s teams on the bye. 

Tumut’s second grade team is in action though, and the Kevin Keogh led squad will make the four-hour bus trip to Denilquin on Saturday to take on the Drovers in what will be a tough first test of the 2021 season. 

Bulls first grade coach, Ray Wells, will make the trip, and he has been working closely with the team, admitting there might be a sprinkling of first-grade calibre players invovled in the match. 

“It is as an opportunity for fringe first-grade players to get a hit out and now I will be able to go and see what is going on,” Wells said. 

Numbers dropped away slightly over Easter, but a strong session on Tuesday evening has Wells confident numbers will pick back up as the SIRU season heats up. 

“The holidays are always hard. There are a couple of guys with different things on, which you can’t stop,” Wells said. 

“The numbers have dropped, but I’m hoping now the numbers will start going back up again.”


Tumut look set to field a strong second-grade side this year, and Wells had been impressed by certain players. 

“Brad (Richards) is going well. He is getting fitter, he is understanding what we are doing,” Wells said. 

“If we can get the dispensation for young Seth (Bellchambers), that would be great. He is progressing well and learning and he is always keen to put his hand up.”

A few outside players have also pleased Wells, with one player even pushing for a spot in first grade. 

“Shayden (Gleeson) has gone well. From where he started, to where he is now, he has improved a lot and Aidan Thomas has been good. He has taken on the ball playing role in seconds, but he could be playing firsts.”

A win would be a big confidence booster for the Bulls, who really struggled in 2020. 

“It’s hugely important, just for the psyche of the players, and also to put into practice what we have learned and see it actually work,” Wells said. 


Keogh, who is new to the role of coach, will lead the side into the match, and Wells had nothing but praise for his assistant. 

“He has been brilliant; he understands as a coach what needs doing,” Wells said. 

“We work in very well together, I can take a backwards step and let him run things. I can turn my back and walk away, and know things will get done.” 

SIRU round one draws

Firsts

Reddies v Albury

Waratahs v Aggies

Bye: Griffith, Tumut, City


Seconds

Deniliquin v Tumut

Griffith v Hay

Reddies v Albury

Waratahs v Aggies

Bye: Wagga City

Thirds


Leeton v Wagga City

Waratahs v Aggies

Bye: Griffith, Reddies

Women’s 10s

Griffith v Hay

Leeton v Wagga City

Reddies v Albury


Waratahs v Aggies

Bye: Tumut