Rugby Union is a game of inches and one catch, one step, one tackle and one decision can alter the result as Shepparton Bulls were left to ponder after the weekend.
Stony Scanlon’s warriors headed down to Eltham to face the competition’s best side, but the Bulls fell short, losing 40-14.
‘‘It is a tough game,’’ Scanlon said.
‘‘We went down there thinking we could win and we were going in confident of winning, but we didn’t get the result.’’
Scanlon knew his players needed to start fast if they were to get a result and, within the first five minutes, they could have been leading, if Patrick Young held the ball.
Figi Fili broke free on the wing for the Bulls before he was brought down by Eltham’s full-back, but an offload meant Young, who was just 4m out from the try line, had the bare minimum to do in order to score, but he lost possession.
In acres of space and no one around him Young fumbled the ball and the Bulls’ chance of scoring first.
‘‘It would have been a really good for us to score, there was no one around him, but he lost possession, we turned it over and they scored.’’
‘‘Rugby union is a game of chances and to let that slip really affected our confidence, if we scored all the boys would have been fired up.’’
Scanlon felt his side was outplayed by a fitter and more organised team.
‘‘There is a reason why they are the best team, they move the ball well, the have different set play and they run all day,’’ Scanlon said.
‘‘In saying that, the scoreline really didn’t reflect the outcome of the game. We had chances but did not convert it into points.’’
Felipe Tiko scored the first of the Bulls’ two tries in the first half, before the visitors snagged another through some great team work.
‘‘We just failed to convert and I feel that was the biggest difference,’’ Scanlon said.
The Bulls sit fifth on the table and will finish the season on Saturday when they host Maroondah at McEwen Reserve.