The Tumbarumba Greens were given a lesson in rugby league on Sunday, travelling to Baranduda Reserve for their round six Murray Cup clash before being belted 62-0 nil by the Wodonga Wombats.
The Wombats went into their match against Tumbarumba unbeaten and they kept that record intact, walloping the Greens, with the home side’s massive forward pack having their way in the contest and setting the tone for the remainder of the game.
Wodonga captain and former NRL and Super League star, Etu Uaisele, agreed that it was Wodonga’s large pack that laid the platform for a dominant 11 try victory over the Greens.
“That’s where we really go well, our forward pack is pretty big and we play off the back of it,” Uaisele said.
“We play through the middle and we did that against Tumbarumba and our forwards were just bigger.”
Uaisele felt for the Greens, believing the Mountain Men may have struggled in the warmer than expected conditions in Wodonga on Sunday.
“It was pretty hot on Sunday, and I feel for the boys, they came from where it is probably a bit cooler and they struggled with the heat,” Uaisele said.
The Wombats were previously the whipping boys of the Murray Cup competition and Uaisele explained that they never expected the massive win over the Greens, but were happy to leave with the two competition points.
“To be honest, we didn’t know what to expect from Tumba,” Uaisele said.
“We had never played them and they won the comp the year before, so we expected a good hit out.
“We just turned up and played and we were lucky to come away with a good win.”
Wodonga look the competition favourites after six rounds, but their captain wasn’t letting his team get carried away at this stage of the season.
“The boys are just happy to play footy,” Uaisele said.
“We just turn up and play each week. The boys are happy when we win, but happier to be playing footy and that’s all that matters right now.”
The Wombats now face the Wodonga Storm in round seven of the Murray Cup competition this Sunday, with their cross-town rivals fresh off a big 38-0 victory over the Corowa Cougars last Sunday.
The Storm are also unbeaten and sit top of the table in the Murray Cup competition.
“It will be a good game,” Uaisele said.
“I’ve heard they are a good team and we will turn up and play and see how good they are.”
In the second round seven game scheduled for Sunday, Tumbarumba are back at home, hosting the Wangaratta Knights.
The Greens currently sit third on the Murray Cup ladder and a win over the Knights will go a long way to securing a top three finish and a second chance come finals.