Thunder knows Bulls can be tough

Albury's Matt Rose in action against SouthCity in recent years.

Albury's Matt Rose in action against SouthCity in recent years.

ALBURY coach Josh Cale is wary to read too much into the form of Group 9 premiership contender Southcity

The Bulls endured a slow start to the season with the round one bye followed by losses to Cootamundra and Brothers but have since thrashed Tumut and clawed their way past Gundagai.

Cale isn’t interested in past results, however, and is fully aware Southcity will take some beating at Harris Park on Sunday.

“They are always up there,” Cale said.

“I didn’t read too much into those couple of losses.

“Having the bye round one is not ideal, and it’s hard to get a trial game around Easter, so they probably hadn’t played much footy before their first game.

“They are a tough side whether we play them here (in Albury) or over there and this weekend will be no different.”

The Thunder are yet to drop a game five rounds into the Group 9 season as they look to defend their premiership crown.

Cale was less than pleased with Sunday’s victory over competition battler Tumut when Albury won 58-12 after a lacklustre opening half but is confident his troops can turn it around and get it right this weekend.

“I wasn’t disappointed as such, but the execution wasn’t there when we bombed a few of those tries,” he said.

“I don’t know if it was a mental thing, maybe the boys weren’t switched on.

Albury forward Jake Grace sat out the Tumut game with a knee complaint and hasn’t been named against Southcity.