By LAWRENCE MACHADO
The Hills Bulls bounced back after a shock defeat against Windsor Wolves to see off Wenty Magpies 22-16, a 90m try by Lorenzo Mulitalo sealing the victory.
The Bulls stay second in the Ron Massey Cup, two points behind St Marys. Bulls coach Mick Withers said their 1 pm home fixture this Sunday, June 20, against third-placed Mounties will be crucial.
“The boys produced a quality game against Wenty (on Sunday) and in reality, you have to play 80 minutes against them,” Withers said. “We raced to 18-0 lead but had to defend our line for around 10 minutes in the end before scoring a 90m try started by full-back Jacob Harrington.”
Withers said their 23-16 loss to the Wolves on June 6 was caused by poor discipline with the ball but he made no excuses. He said: “We were beaten by a better team, the Wolves were committed and capitalised on our mistakes.”
The Bulls led 16-4 at half-time but were unable to stop the prowling Wolves after resumption.
Withers wants his players to extend the gap between them and the Mounties on Sunday. “We need to consolidate our position at the top two spots and it will be a big one for both teams,” he said.