Steamrolled: Albury-Wodonag crushes Temora

THE Albury-Wodonga Steamers turned in another ruthless performance to crush Temora 67-7 in their Southern Inland Rugby Union encounter at Temora on Saturday.

Delivering on coach Don Cameron’s pre-match instructions to start well, the ladder leader stormed out of the blocks.

They scored four tries inside the opening 20 minutes to pick up another bonus point.

“It was a pretty good win,” Cameron said.

“We cooled off a bit in the second-half but we led 43-0 at half-time so you can’t really blame them for taking the foot off the accelerator.

“They’re the sort of team that can trouble you if you let them in, so I was happy with the way we started against them.

“We had the game in our hands at half-time.”

The Steamers opened the scoring when Justin Wheatley found a gap and glided through to score with just a tick over three minutes of the game gone.

A few minutes later Jacob O’Riain finished off another Steamers drive by crossing in the corner.

Although Wheatley could not add the extras, it looked ominous for Temora at 12-0 after seven minutes.

The Steamers were again producing the high intensity rugby that has become a trademark of their play this season with the forwards providing momentum and fast ball for halves Ben Walker and Richard Manion.

In the 12th minute, Louie Levett scored and Walker followed in the 19th minute.

There was no relief for Temora with tries to O’Riain, Jim Lollbach and Matt McLachlan coming before half-time to give Steamers a 43-0 buffer.

A dropped ball from the restart saw Temora regain possession and score a converted try in the corner.

Unlike last weekend against Waratahs, the lapse was short-lived as the Steamers kept the points ticking over.

Scott Hannaford and Walker were outstanding for the victors.

In other matches, Aggies trounced Wagga City 62-0 and Waratahs accounted for CSU.

The Steamers have the bye this weekend with Louie Levett playing in the curtain-raiser to the Brumbies and Auckland Blues clash.

Scott Hannaford was outstanding for the Steamers.

Scott Hannaford was outstanding for the Steamers.