THE demountable at Pride Park is always full of experience, but after Orange City’s thumping 118-5 win over Mudgee on Saturday it was also full of speculation.
“That has to be the biggest win in the history of the [Blowes Clothing Cup],” one spectator remarked.
Another mused no other team would have been capable of such a win except for Orange City’s all-conquering side of the late 1980s.
Central West Rugby Union chief executive Peter Veenstra all but confirmed the thoughts on Tuesday.
“I think it would have to be (the biggest win in the competition’s history), I certainly can’t remember a bigger victory,” Veenstra explained.
Veenstra said it is definitely the biggest winning margin of the last decade, incredibly by just three points, after going through the previous 10 years of results.
The Lions’ 113-point shellacking of the Wombats just barely outstrips CSU Bathurst’s 110-point win over Dubbo Rhinos in 2010.
The students, like Orange City, ran in 18 tries on the day, winning 110-nil.
“(They’re both) horrible floggings,” Veenstra said.
“However, we actually find the result encouraging in a way. Mudgee had a large number of players away, but rather than forfeit a lower grade game, they still fielded three full sides on the day.
“To us that signals strength. If [Mudgee] had all their players I think the result would have been very different. It’s an incredible effort from Orange City though.”
Orange City coach Steve Hamson sympathised with the Wombats, and said he knows the feeling all too well.
“It’s not so long ago Orange City was in that situation,” he explained.
“In 2010 we went to Dubbo and played with one fresh player in first grade. We didn’t lose by that much but the feeling is the same. It’s tough, and we can’t forget that Mudgee were so short, they’re a much better side than they showed there and they played with plenty of heart and passion.
“More than anything, we were happy to get confidence out of the game. We know we can score points and we showed that on the weekend.”