The Leeton Phantoms JRUC hosted the fourth round of the Southern Inland Rugby Union competition with games split between the Leeton High School and Leeton No.1 Oval.
The Griffith Blacks U16s side have maintained their perfect start to the 2019 with two more clinical performances in Leeton racking up wins over the Young Yabbies and the Southern Barbarians.
The match against the Baa-Baas was the match of the day and it was fitting that this game was set down as the curtain raiser to the Southern Inland City v Country match.
The Barbarians bolted at the start of the match, scoring two tries in the opening three minutes to lead 12-0.
With possession, the Blacks however were ominous and they overcame the early deficit to pile on 45 points before the Barbarians scored again with the match ending 45-19.
The Griffith Blackbirds Viva 10's started strong in the first game defeating Tumut 30-15.
They continued their good form, putting in a strong first half performance against the competition leaders, the Cootmundra Bears, only to trail by two tries at half time.
Unfortunately the good structure and enterprising play fell away during the second half losing with the Blackbirds falling 15-60.
Nearing the half-way point of the season the Griffith Blackbirds Under Viva 12s continue to brush aside opponents, mauling the Cootamundra Bears 50-0 before trouncing the third placed Young Yabbies 45-5.
Both the Griffith Under 12 White and Under 12 Black side found themselves against a rampant Temora Tuskers team, which found the Griffith sides on the wrong side of the score line losing 0-31 and 17-21 respectively.
The loss by the Under 12 Black side was their first of the season, and as a consequence saw the Tuskers take the competition lead.
It was a narrow loss for the Under 12s White in the second game, going down 0-7 to the host club the Leeton Phantoms.
The U14s continued with their up and down season with another win and loss in Leeton. After a promising first half the U14s fell away in the second half to lose to the Tumut Bullants 5-40.
Poor ball handling and a lack of physicality at the break down were the contributing factors to the defeat.
The match against Young was a see-sawing affair with the lead changing six times. The end result was the Blacks escaping with a 24-22 win.
The sides will know prepare to make the trip to either Hay or Young for the next gala day in two weeks time.