Blacks buck Bulls as rep stars add punch

DON'T ARGUE: Griffith’s Max Ravouvou fends off Tumut’s Jonty David on Saturday

DON'T ARGUE: Griffith’s Max Ravouvou fends off Tumut’s Jonty David on Saturday

THE Griffith Blacks ran away to record a 39-17 victory over the Tumut Bulls in the Walsh and Blair Cup.

The game was tight late in the match before Griffith’s representative stars Daniel Rawaqa and Marika Vunibaka were injected into the game.

The move led to a late double to Max Ravouvou, which sealed the win for the Blacks.

Blacks coach, Seru Rogo, put the win down to the team’s defence.

“We really applied ourselves in defence, we turned a lot of ball over and scored from the turnovers,” Rogo said.

The satisfied coach said the win was a real team effort.

“All the forwards did well, especially Luke Ratu at number eight and Nick Gleeson. All the subs that came on in the second half played a big part,” he said. 

“Our two centres, John Brown and Max Ravouvou had big games.”

Luke Ratu opened the scoring for the visitors with a five-pointer and kept the momentum going to lead at half-time 22-10.

After the break the Bulls hit back to bring the score back to five points.

This saw Griffith rep stars Daniel Rawaqa and Marika Vunibaka enter the game to help secure the win.

The two men had been in Canberra the night before playing for the ACT Brumbies Provincial side against an Australian Police representative side.

Rogo said the two played well in Canberra and praised them for backing up the next day.

“They went really well in Canberra,” he said. 

“Dan played the full game, scored a try and set up two. Marika set up a couple as well and they won 42-29.

“It was good to have them on the field. In the second half it was 17-22 and when the boys came on it opened up the game.”

The win was the fourth straight for Griffith and Rogo put the current form down to consistency in the squad.

“The boys are gelling together, we have been fielding the same team in the last four games, apart from yesterday because Marika and Daniel had a rest,” he said.

“The forwards know each others’ games, the combos are clicking at the right time of the season.”

The Griffith Blacks take on Ag College next week.

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