The Tumut Bulls put back-to-back Southern Inland Rugby Union second grade losses behind them when beating Ag College 31-19 in round four of the competition at Jarrah Oval on Saturday.
Tumut took an early lead when Travis Walmsley scored, but shortly afterwards, a significant injury to an Aggies player resulted in a delay and as a result, the field was shortened to some 50m while officials waited for an ambulance to pick up the injured Wagga player.
If anything, the shorter field made for a more entertaining contest, with the sides trading blows before Tumut got on top late in the contest to win five tries to three.
Travis Walmsley and Sonny Listen were the best on field for coach Kevin Keogh, who was pleased to see certain players take charge in a physical contest.
“Sonny was very good, and so was Trav – Trav is developing into a real leader for us in the forward pack,” Keogh said.
“Hulky (Jonathan Hulks) was our captain today, but he won’t be here next week and Trav has put his hand up after the way he played today, and he will get the gig next week.”
Keogh said the win was important, and he believed it all came down to a better preparation.
“We just went back to basics today and just bullied them a little bit, that is probably the stock of it to be honest,” Keogh said.
“It was very important to come away with a win, and more for team morale.
“We trained really well on Thursday night and we actually gave it to first grade, so to go out there and just put a good permeance on in front of our home crowd was important and I think it is a yard stick for the rest of the season.”
As far as backing up against the Steamers next Saturday, Keogh didn’t think his side needed to change too much.
“We just need to keep possession and play a simple game,” Keogh said.
While both the men’s first and second grade sides tasted victory at Jarrah Oval, the Bullettes fell to their second consecutive defeat when going down to Ag College 24-5.
Aggies shocked the home side early, scoring in the first minute of the game, and the Bullettes couldn’t recover, losing four tries to one in the end.
Monique Toppin scored Tumut’s only points, but in a game the Bullettes were expected to win, the omission of key personnel and playmakers proved too much.
Things only get tougher for the Bullettes who are on the road next Saturday when playing the third-placed Albury Steamers.