Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Drovers’ final defeat
In their final game of the season, the Deniliquin Drovers could not quite end things on a high.
Playing against Griffith at home, the blue boys suffered a 52-10 loss in the Southern Inland Rugby Union’s second grade.
The loss reflects what has been a tough season for the Drovers, where a lack of players has been the root of the team’s downfalls.
They again went in to Saturday’s game with a smaller squad, player Staci Richardson said.
‘‘We were short on players, starting the game with 14 men, and then myself and Rob Scott took head knocks early in the first half,’’ Richardson said.
‘‘Not having any subs left after that meant everyone had to work hard for the whole 70 minutes.
‘‘Griffith had plenty of subs so it seemed like they were fresh for most of the game.
‘‘They had a few extra players, who ended up playing for us in the second half.’’
Despite the setbacks, the Drovers did not give up easily.
‘‘Griffith were a great team and played really well,’’ Richardson said.
‘‘They had some huge ball runners that broke the line a lot and plenty of support runners.
‘‘We managed to score two good tries in the second half.
‘‘Erasmus Bothma scored his first try for the club, with the forwards putting together some good phases after a line-out five metres from the try line.
‘‘And the second try came from Sam Singleton, in the corner after a great run from the backs.’’
And there were some key takeaways from the game, Richardson said.
‘‘Coach Mark Thompson said he was proud of all the boys that played for us this year, and especially the core group who were there week in and week out.
‘‘He is looking forward to next year and asked us to take a well deserved rest and look for things we can improve on individually, as a team and as a club.
‘‘We didn’t get much time to prepare this season, and we didn’t have a great preseason, so hopefully we can do some recruiting and organise a good 2022 preseason for the boys.
‘‘We have had some interest in terms of players next year, so we’re looking forward to getting some new faces into the club and hopefully start building something special.’’