An amazing Victorian Club Rugby Championship season became even more impressive for the Shepparton Bulls at the weekend.
Coach Sonny Tahuriorangi and his troops made the long trip to Prahran on Saturday to take on the Melbourne Chargers, hoping to keep the club’s unbeaten record intact.
What followed was a genuine scoring procession, with the Bulls running out 137-3 victors by the time the final whistle blew.
‘‘It wasn’t too bad I suppose, the boys played well,’’ Tahuriorangi said.
Remarkably though, the scoreline was not even the Bulls’ most impressive this season — highlighting the dominance of this current group.
The Bulls smashed the Chargers’ second team 168-0 in round one before the opposition squad amalgamated its two teams into one unit.
‘‘I reckon they’re a good side,’’ Tahuriorangi said.
‘‘They obviously haven’t been going too well, but they still turn up in good numbers to play, so the spirit of the team is really good.’’
Most of the Bulls could have been in Tahuriorangi’s best few players, but the coach wanted his side to keep more structure on the field, even in big wins.
‘‘Pretty much everyone was good,’’ he said.
‘‘We tried to get it out the back and let our faster guys have a run, but that didn’t really work because our forwards broke the line a lot and just kept running.’’
The Bulls now sit five premiership points clear on top of the championship table thanks to six straight wins and four bonus points, but perhaps the most telling statistic is the side has engineered 455 points for and only conceded 47.
‘‘I’m very happy,’’ Tahuriorangi said.
‘‘You can’t complain at all (with the start to the season).’’
Tahuriorangi and his men take on Ballarat this weekend at Vibert Reserve and will look to build on a 38-7 win against the same opposition in round two.
‘‘I’m looking forward to the challenge,’’ the coach said.
‘‘We’ve got a bye after that as well, so it will be good to have a break and freshen up before we get back into it for the rest of the season.’’