Deniliquin will look to build on its 1-2 start to the Southern Inland Rugby Union season when it meets the PhantomsMay 2, 2014 3:48am
Deniliquin travels to Leeton tomorrow in a bid to rebuild its start to the Southern Inland Rugby Union season after dropping its first two games.
Although they were never out of form, the Drovers narrowly lost its opening games but were added to the winner’s list last week with a 20-15 result against the higher-placed Wagga Ag College.
The Phantoms were smashed 52-5 against Griffith last week and have also to lost Wagga City (36-5) and Ag College (19-10).
But the fact Leeton has lost each of its games this season by an average of 29 points means little to Drovers coach Warwick Strong.
‘‘Leeton always plays good at home. We beat them at home last year and they beat us over there, so we are expecting another tough game,’’ Strong said.
‘‘I think last year proved that the scores (in the SIRU) don’t reflect the games. We sometimes lost to teams lower than us and beat teams higher than us.
‘‘A team could have three blokes out travelling away, and that’s worth three tries.
‘‘The competition is a lot closer than the scores reflect and we know this weekend’s game will be as good as the one against Ag College.’’
Deniliquin will make the three-hour bus trip to Leeton without breakaway Reed Jackson and inside-centre Mario Jackson.
The star brothers are unavailable due to work commitments but Strong expects the rest of the team to be on the park.
‘‘Reed and Mario are two key players to our team, but we have the players to step up and fill in,’’ Strong said.
‘‘I want us to show that we have got the depth there.’’
SIRU second grade ladder: CSU 15, Waratahs 14, Griffith 10, Wagga City 10, Cootamundra 8, Ag College 6, Deniliquin 6, Tumut 5, Temora 5, Young 5, Albury 2, Leeton 0.
The Deniliquin Lady Drovers played their first match of the SIRU season against Wagga Ag College last Saturday.
Despite going down 54-0 the ladies came off the ground with their heads held high, Strong said.
‘‘They have waited a long time to get out there and have a run and they all really enjoyed it,’’ Strong said.
‘‘Only two ladies had ever played rugby before so they did well.
‘‘They are all keen for their second match against Leeton this weekend.’’
The ladies play Leeton in a curtain-raiser for the men’s match tomorrow, starting at 2pm.
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