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Bulls charge for the border


THE Tumut Bulls will be chasing their first win of the season when they take on the Albury Steamers in Albury tomorrow.

The Steamers are coming off a 55-5 loss to Wagga Waratahs, but Tumut aren’t getting cocky.

“We are both in the same boat; we both need to get off the mark so we can’t take them lightly,” Bulls coach Jon Carmody said.

“Albury’s always been a graveyard for us; we’ve never had much luck down there.”

The Bulls won’t be at full strength for the match, but will still field a formidable side.

“Will Kingwill, TJ Sala and Mitch Ivill will be unavailable but we’ll welcome Joel back to the front row and Chris Hartshorn is making the step up,” Carmody said.

The Bulls have training keenly since last Saturday’s narrow loss to Aggies.

“We’ve been working on our lineout, adding some variation, and adding urgency at the ruck, because last week we were turning over the ball without people around.”

The team cohesion is improving leading up to the third match of the season.

“Everyone’s getting the game plan,” Carmody said.

The Bulls second grade team are coming off a win and take on a Steamers team which lost 27-5 to Waratahs last Saturday.

“Yeah looking forward to our first away game for the year; hopefully on our way to another win but it’s only round three so just building the foundations and trying to pick the right players for the right spots,” coach Aiden Thomas said.

“Our main focus this week will just be our defence, with only allowing one try last week it’ll be our main focus this week to try keep them from scoring.”

The Bullettes are coming off a thrilling win and are also looking forward to Saturday’s match against Albury.

Coach Kylie Jensen said she and the team had identified parts of the game on game day that had to be worked on at training, and have done so accordingly.

“The penalties we gave away on Saturday, and also around the ruck; we’ve got to make sure the player going into the tackle has got support so we’re not giving the ball away; we need to create space for the attacking ruck and work harder on the defending ruck,” she said.

“We also need to work on our scrums.”

The Bullettes may be coming off a win and Albury a 41-5 loss, but that doesn’t mean complacency will creep in to the side.

“Definitely not,” Jensen.

Player fitness-wise, they are largely intact.

“We’ve got a couple of niggles; Frances has a sore shoulder but Bec is coming back to she will give us good forward power,” she said.

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