Bulls take on Tahs stars

Tumut Bull Joeli Saluslaumasi (left), here in action with Wagga City’s Logan Phillips, and Reddies’ Cameron Thomas during last Saturday’s SIRU v Monaro representative clash, will be primed for a big one against Waratahs tomorrow. PHOTO: Josh Gidney

THE in-form Tumut Bulls face a big challenge when they take on defending champions Wagga Waratahs at Connolly Park tomorrow.

The Bulls have strung together some impressive wins and will not let the steepness of the task ahead of them bother them, but rather stick to what has been working for them.

“Yes, it’s a big, big game, against last year’s champions and also away from home; we’re looking at this game like any other, stick to our pod structure, play the phases and execute when the opportunity arises,” Bulls flanker Lewis Simister said.

There will be little in tomorrow’s game if previous meetings between the sides are anything to go by.

“The last time we played Tahs it was certainly a close game, going down by four points and we won’t be making the same mistakes twice this time round,” Simister said. 

This is a great chance for the Bulls to get the scalp of one of SIRU’s top teams, and give their campaign to the finals a big boost.

“Not only are we seeing this as an opportunity to beat one of the top sides but we also looking at this to further our campaign for the grand final,” Simister said.

“We’ve come on leaps and bounds since we last came up against Tahs, putting together some solid performances both home and away.”

There is a positive vibe in the Tumut side.

“The mood around the boys is lifting every time we train,” Simister said. 

“We know we can play, we know we can beat any team in our comp on our best day so it’s down to the 15 men on the field to secure the win and bring home the goods.”

The SIRU representative team benefitted from the presence of the contingent of Tumut players in their match against Monaro last Saturday, and these players can bring this form to the Waratahs game.

“Everyone who played in rep game is fit and healthy so we are are ready to go toe-to-toe with our opponents with a full squad,” Simister said.

The Bulls second-grade team is also gunning for an impressive win.

“We will be missing out tight head prop due to suspension but hopefully the boys can come together and get the win away from home,” coach Aidan Thomas said.

Waratahs are one of the stronger teams in the women’s competition, and narrowly beat the Tumut Bullettes in their last meeting at Tumut.

“We’re definitely expecting a tough outing, but hopefully we can change what happened last time and get the win,” Bullettes coach Kylie Jensen.

“We have been focussing on team plays at training to create cohesion on the field. We’ll have a full side and we have added some new players who are keen.”

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