Deniliquin Pastoral Times
It’s all over for Deni Drovers
The Deni Drovers’ 2020 Southern Inland Rugby Union Romano’s Cup season came to a screeching halt on Saturday.
Travelling to Wagga Wagga for a second week in a row, the Drovers were simply no match for the Waratahs.
Deni were greeted by brilliant sunshine and not a cloud in the sky, compared to the previous weekend of cold, wet and windy conditions.
The team was down a few players with Owen Whyman, Reef Wereta, Grant Tooth and Connor Hetherington all out due to work or family commitments.
The Waratahs fielded a strong team and simply outplayed the Drovers on the day in a 43 to 12 victory.
The Waratahs held the Drovers scoreless in the first half, with the score 24 to 0 at the break.
The second half was a better one for the Drovers, with Hugh Sutton scoring the first try and Zack Thompson making the conversion.
During the second half, the front row worked together driving the ball towards to try line in several phases of play before it went over.
The crowd was left wondering who had been successful in scoring before Tjunda Keefe emerged from the bottom of the pack to be awarded with the five pointer.
Unfortunately Zack Thompson was unsuccessful in his conversion.
The loss saw the Drovers finish the shortened season with one win and five losses.
With Deni having the bye in round seven, they will be unable to finish in the top four.
Votes this week went to Tau Wirahana (three), Hugh Sutton (two) along with Erasmus Bothma and Dazz Higgins, who both managed one each.
Players’ player was Wirahana.