FORTY minutes of near faultless rugby league has convinced Southcity captain-coach Daniel Fitzhenry the Bulls are warming to the challenge of ending Albury’s Group 9 reign.
Clearly thrilled with Southcity’s slashing 54-6 win over Junee at Harris Park yesterday, Fitzhenry declared the 11 tries-to-one hiding was a mark of a significant spike in form for the Bulls.
“We’re getting there,” he said.
“The first half was really good but we probably took the foot off the pedal for 15 minutes after half-time.
“The good part was we picked up it again for the last 20 minutes or so.”
Coming from a coach who likes to keep a lid on expectations, the praise was earned after Southcity gave the Diesels a bath in the bleak conditions.
The Bulls made only two minor errors as they blasted on eight tries to bolt to a 36-0 half-time lead.
From the first set of six, Southcity was superb with and without the ball, making light of the greasy conditions.
“I thought we might have a bit of trouble (in the wet), but everything went really well,” Fitzhenry said.
“Nothing seemed to go wrong and everyone was doing their job.”
Star centre Peter Little zoomed over for the first try in the fourth minute and Southcity never allowed Junee into the fight.
The Bulls scored six times in the first 21 minutes and didn’t err until the 25th minute when five-eighth Nathan Rose fumbled a pass from lock Mitch Curran.
That blemish aside, Rose was in scintillating touch again, but even he could not keep up with the devastating Fitzhenry or Little.
It was vintage Fitzhenry and an ominous sign for Albury and the rest of the league.