IT wasn’t as horrific as the match against Orange City, but it was still a long day for Mudgee Wombats on the field on Saturday.
Playing City’s cross-town rivals Emus, the Wombats went down 65-0 at Jubilee Oval.
It did look like a repeat of that 113-point drubbing at the hands of the Lions a fortnight ago, especially after Emus’ captain Nigel Staniforth scored in the opening 90 seconds.
But to Mudgee’s credit, they dug deep and disrupted Emus’ style of play during the match.
Emus scored 11 tries in the romp to continue to add pressure at the top of the Blowes Clothing Cup table.
“We would love to sneak in front of Dubbo, but it is a big ask because they have an easy run home,” Emus coach Andrew Logan said.
Wingers Carter Hirini and Tom Green scored hat-tricks, and Staniforth bagged a double and kicked five conversions.
“We just wanted to be discipline and execute well, have quality in what we did and for a large part we did that,” Logan said.
It was the same old story for Mudgee, with players backing up from earlier games and a lack of penetration when it came to their attack.
“I was hoping to contain them more than what we did,” Wombats coach Justin Sutherland said.
“We defend, defend, defend, and we had loads of people playing the game before. We just don’t have [the qualities] to match it with a side as slick as they are.”
ORANGE EMUS 65 (Tom Green 3, Carter Hirini 3, Nigel Staniforth 2, Keith Howarth, TJ Cunynghame, Sam Ryan; Staniforth 5 conversions) def MUDGEE WOMBATS 0.