Deniliquin Pastoral Times

It’s all over for Deni Drovers

- Sports · Rugby · Rugby Union · Wagga Wagga

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.

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