Shepparton Bulls win ninth straight match

By Aydin Payne

The Shepparton Bulls continued their stranglehold on the Rugby Victoria Championship with their ninth straight win at the weekend.

The Bulls’ superb season shows no signs of slowing down, after their round 10 victory against neighbouring outfit Bendigo.

In what was their third home game in a row, the Bulls were far too strong for the fifth-placed outfit, running out 72-7 winners.

Lee-Roy Huthmann-Grace delivered the ball well, while David Waara played with plenty of confidence — scoring four tries.

Graham Pele and Fili Fili were standouts, with Pele’s impressive runs and Fili’s penetrating kicks causing headaches for their Bendigo opponents.

Bulls coach Mark Stevens said the win was one of his side’s better performances of the season.

‘‘It was probably the best that we have played all season,’’ Stevens said.

‘‘A lot of different things came together.

‘‘The forwards made attacking runs, our backs were dominant, and our scrums were strong all day.’’

This weekend is looming to be a crucial test for the Bulls, in a top-of-the-table clash against second-placed outfit Maroondah.

Shepparton’s only defeat of the year came in round one against Maroondah, but the Bulls rectified that loss with an 81-0 thumping in round six.

‘‘This weekend against Maroondah is a really big game for us,’’ he said.

‘‘They are second on the ladder for a reason, they have some quality players.

‘‘I think we can open up the game and hurt them that way.

‘‘Because they are very good at line outs, scrums and love to play that stop-start style of play.’’

The match against Maroondah starts at 3pm at Maroondah Rugby Club.