Blacks serve up lesson to Ag College

Thursday, February 21, 2019

ON THE CHARGE: Griffith Blacks five-eighth Suni Saleopelu spots open space in the match against Wagga Ag College. Picture: Anthony Stipo
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The Griffith Blacks made it two wins from two games to start the Southern Inland Rugby Union season after beating Wagga Ag College20-5at Coro oval on Saturday.

The reigning premiers dominated the first half and led 15-0 at thebreak, all the points coming courtesy ofSuni Saleopelu.

The five-eighth scored two tries,kicked a penalty andaconversionafter tormenting the visitors’ defence in the wet conditions.

Lindsay Maiava scored the Blacks’ third try in the second half to ensure a comfortable victory.

Blacks co-coach Matt Vitucci said his playersshowed tremendouscommitment in the wet weather.

“Conditions weren’t the best for ourbackline, but I thought our defence was really tight,” he said.

“I thought we built on what we showed last week, and there were a lot of positivesto comeout of the game.

“All the forwardshad a dig. It was good for us, especially in the wet.

“Obviously,Aggies are prettytough up front, but we’ve showed our mettle the last couple of weeksconsideringthe limited trials that we had.”

Vitucciwas especially pleased to restrict the visitors to one try.

“You could see that when we were defending on our line thatwe really muscled up,” Vituccisaid.

“It was a matter of pride for the boys to not let them score.

“We only let them score the one try and that’s it.

“They kept attacking our line, but theycouldn’t find any way through.”

Like the Blacks’ round one victory against Tumut, VituccisaidSaleopelu played a starring role.

“He’s showing his classin these early stages,” Vitucci said of the New Zealand recruit.

“He’s very good in defence and attack.His talk has been immense on the field.

“He’s been showing his quality these first few games. I think we’ve got a fairly handy acquisition there.”

In other results, Hay (Blacks reserve grade) defeated Wagga Ag College21-0,the Blacks third grade side drew with the visitors12-all,while the Griffith women’s sevens team lost 15-12.

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