Bulls’ concentration firmly on first week off

Daniel Fitzhenry

Daniel Fitzhenry

SOUTHCITY coach Daniel Fitzhenry says his team has moved on from last weekend’s stunning Group 9 rugby league victory and is focused on securing top spot with a win against Tumbarumba at Wagga’s Harris Park today.

With Albury Thunder having the final-round bye, the Bulls must win to earn the first week of the finals off.

Fitzhenry remains cautious of the unpredictable Greens.

“Tumbarumba has a good side,” Fitzhenry said.

“Across the park, they are dangerous and they have nothing to lose.

“It’s more of a mental thing for us.

“We can’t have our eye on the following week.

‘We have to turn up and do the right things.”

Southcity will start raging favourites after being undefeated since round two but will have to contend with a fiery Tumbarumba line-up led by captain-coach Aaron McSweeney.

Fitzhenry said hard work had been the secret behind the Bulls’ winning streak.

“The boys just work hard,” he said.

“We had a slow start to the season but we have been working hard ever since.

“We were disappointed with how we went out last year and it’s been burning us since.”

Fitzhenry rated last weekend’s last-minute victory against Albury Thunder at Greenfield Park as one of the best of his playing career but warned the premiership race was far from over.

“Albury is still the benchmark,” he said.

“Lou Goodwin was out and their record over the last three years shows they are a dangerous side.

“It’s really open this year.”

Thunder is confident of Goodwin returning from a shoulder injury next weekend if they play Gundagai in the qualifying final at Greenfield Park.

And forward Mitch Davis seems likely to shrug off an ankle problem in time for the important clash.