Deniliquin has strengthened its lead at the top of the Southern Inland Rugby Union’s Romano’s Cup second grade ladder.
The Drovers hosted Tumut at the Hardinge St Oval, where they put on a first-rate display to win 22-5 and send the Bulls packing without any sign of optimism.
It was Deni’s first home game since June 1.
Drovers coach Warwick Strong said the win was ‘‘another good performance’’ and that his side ‘‘always had the game under control’’.
‘‘They (Tumut) were probably as strong as they were at home (in round nine),’’ the coach said.
‘‘We had good patches in the first half where we played good attacking footy, but we fell asleep a bit in defence, which allowed them to stay in the game.
‘‘In the second half we were a lot better defensively, playing down in their half, and that was what probably won us the game.’’
Deniliquin opened its account with a try from loose forward Pete Gow, but fullback Todd Thocolich was unable to land the conversion.
Before half-time, though, the Drovers extended their lead with some clever teamwork from Gow and Storm Tamati, with Gow running a good 25 metres to score another try.
With Thocolich making amends for his earlier missed kick, the home side led 12-5 at the break.
A successful penalty kick from Thocolich then saw Deniliquin leading 15-5 early in the second half, but the Bulls were still in with a chance.
However, the game was put beyond Tumut’s reach when Gow scored his third try of the day.
Storm Tamati, playing as a loose forward, was awarded the three votes as best player afield, Thocolich claimed two, while T.A. Keremeta and Kiennen Jones shared one each.
Gow was named Players’ Player.
The Drovers are back on the road this weekend to take on Temora.
Report courtesy of Shaun Connor (pt)