Blacks claim cup in rout of CSU Reddies

For the first time, the Griffith Blacks can proudly say they are the holders of theBen Groat Memorial Cup.
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ECSTATIC: Shane Makea was causing the Reddies all kinds of problems on Saturday including getting over the line twice. Picture: Anthony Stipo.

The Blacks squared off with theCSU Reddies over the weekend on a day that was about much more than football.

Despite a sluggish start, the Blacks ran away victorious to the tune of 57-8.

Blacks coachWillie de Meyer said the whole squad was elated with the win.

“Seeing as we had never won it (memorial cup) before, I think the whole team is very pleased,” he said.

Despite the lofty scoreline, it took until the 30thminute for the Blacks to cross the line –and when it rains, it pours.

In front of a packedExies Oval crowd, the home side ran in four tries in the last ten minutes of the half to go into the break ahead 28-8.

“I was a bit concerned as to how they would start the game because it’s always been a weak point of ours,” de Meyer said.

“It was a contest for the first 30 minutes.

“We made a lot of mistakes,we were pushing the ball too hard and trying too hard. Once we got thatfirst try the blokes started playing smarter and letting the ball do thework.

“They really started playing rugby then.”

When they came out of the sheds, it was more of the same.

The Blacks ran in another five tries in the second half to make it nine on the day.

“In the second half the support play was a lot better and we were able to put people into gaps,” de Meyer said.

“I said to the boys before the game, if they see any opportunities to counter-attack, then exploit them and see if CSU can stop you.

“We had them scrambling around and we were even able to counter-attack from our own try line.”

While Shane Makea put in an impressive performance, which saw himcrossthe line for a double, it was a spark off the bench that really caught De Meyer’s attention.

“We had devastating runs fromSemisi Rogoyawa and two of them resulted in tries from deep in our own half,” he said.

“It was very pleasing to be able to put our bench players on and not see the intensity drop.”

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