It was a similar story for Shepparton Bulls in Saturday’s win against Monash University, relying on their strong team defence to stay undefeated.
At Glen Iris’ Burke Rd South Reserve, the Bulls again led from start to finish to beat University 24-13, moving to 4-0 and a game clear at the top of the Victorian Club Rugby Championship.
They led 7-3 at half-time, but broke away in the middle stages of the second to develop a commanding advantage.
Winger Tiweka Tahuriorangi scored two tries and Jordan Crawford scored the remainder of the points from the tee and with a try of his own.
Captain Tui Tunumafono said it was another stellar result.
‘‘It was a good hard win, the boys are just really grinding all the time right now,’’ he said.
‘‘They were really strong, the Melbourne teams are always really strong. So kudos to the boys for being able to keep it up, everyone really did their part.’’
Again it was the defensive side of the game that most impressed Tunumafono.
‘‘Our defence and our fitness are amazing at the moment,’’ he said.
‘‘A lot of hard work in pre-season is helping us be able to do that.
‘‘I hope the coach is happy, the boys are really happy with things. But we really put in during pre-season and it’s paid off so far.’’
Shepparton returns home for Saturday’s game against Maroondah — which has started the season 2-2 — and the captain said belief was high among the side.
‘‘We have played them a couple of times, but every team is different and it’s going to be about who is better prepared that week,’’ he said.
‘‘Individually, we’re not that strong, but as a pack we’ve really turned it up.
‘‘The Melbourne players are really strong, but our bonding is a lot better now and that’s why we’re doing so much better this season.’’