The Deni Drovers bounced back with an impressive 20-5 win over home side Griffith in round four of the Southern Inland Rugby Union McMullen Cup competition on Saturday.
It was the Drovers’ second victory of the year, moving them up to second spot on the ladder ahead of a bye this weekend
Drovers coach Joe Gogarty said it was a much better effort than what was shown against Wagga Ag last week.
‘‘Griffith had a much bigger side than us but we just stuck to our game plan,’’ he said.
‘‘We managed to jump out to a 10-0 lead at half time but they came out and scored early in the second half.
‘‘They had a bit of momentum but we managed to hold them off and score ourselves with our pick and drive game.’’
Leeton recruit Dennis Feagai (three votes) was Deni’s best player, with Kayde Richardson (two) and Dylan Osborne (one) also earning votes.
Richardson, who stepped into the five-eighth position, also claimed the Players’ Player award.
‘‘It was the first time Kayde had played five-eighth,’’ Gogarty said.
‘‘He trained for that spot on Thursday for the first time and took to it well on Saturday.
‘‘He should secure that spot, which is impressive as it’s the hardest position to play on the field.
‘‘Our defence was also much better this week and was where it should be. It’s all slowly coming together.
‘‘We have a tough grand final rematch against Wagga Waratahs next week so we’ll have a solid training session on Saturday.
‘‘The week off could slow our momentum down so it’s important for us to do what we can to keep it going.’’