GUYRA dusted itself off to record a strong 31-19 win over Robb at home on Saturday while the Blues ensured both student teams lost for the second week in a row with a 35-11 win at Bellevue Oval.
Guyra president Greg Hill said the first twenty minutes was some of the best the side had played this season.
“We had a very strong start and scored two or three tries,” Hill said.
“But then our discipline let us down again.”
He said the half time score of 25-13 was exactly the same score as the last time the two sides met.
That fateful day ended with a 32-25 Robb win and a 52-week suspension for Guyra’s Soane Bahai and the end of Robb’s Sebastian Dunhill’s season with a broken jaw.
“We continued on in the second half this time,” Hill said.
“We had a dominant scrum and had forward dominance in the middle.”
English import Levan Stapleton got special mention for his game.
The prop won several tightheads as well as earning further turnovers at the breakdown.
“He is a great scrummager and did plenty of ball running as well,” Hill said.
“Unfortunately he did come off with a thigh strain and could be in doubt for Armidale next week.”
Flanker Leva Vasili and number eight Rob Ivey scored two tries each and also picked up the three and two points respectively.
Outside centre Veron Horne was another who got special mention from the coach.
Guyra hasn’t won consecutive games for two years now but Hill said Saturday’s win would mean nothing if the Ghosts can’t back it up with a win against the table- topping Armidale next week.
In a competition of only five sides, everyone is in finals contention all season, although Hill wants to make sure the Ghosts are ready with a win on Saturday.
“We need to beat Armidale before we make the finals,” Hill said.
“Just for self belief and to put some doubt in the Blues’ mind.”
In Armidale, the Blues, unbeaten since round two, continued their push to keep the premiership trophy in the cabinet.
The Blues’ scrambling defence saved them a couple of times although the lead was never in doubt after scoring first.
The win, and Robb’s loss, essentially guarantees the Blues a minor premiership and home semi-final.