TABLE leaders Clermont Bears defeated Bluff Rabbitohs 46-12 on Saturday night.
It was a solemn start to the Rabbitoh’s first home game since the news a team-mate was shot by his ex-wife, who killed the couple’s eight-month-old son before losing her life in a car crash near Gracemere.
Arm-in-arm the Rabbitohs players stood huddled together for a minute’s silence as a mark of respect for the Comollatti familybefore bursting into action against an in-form Bears outfit.
Early Clermont tries to halfback Ben Breckon and Brendan Grulke off great lead-up work from Brendan Finger had Bluff on the back pedal. Down 18-nil at half-time the Rabbitohs knew they had some tough work ahead of them but Clermont continued to out-class.
Quick hands in the Bears backline put interchange player Luke Hallman over the line, then superb support play off a Finger line-break put the visitors in for another try.
As the home crowd willed theboys in green over the line, Bluff surged to within 10 points before a few defensive lapses allowed Clermont to run away with the game.
Bears assistant coach Ryan Nunan said the game was everything he was expected playing Bluff at home.
“We knew it was going to be tough coming over here and that we had to shape up, but everyone defended well and stuck to their guns which I’m really pleased about,” he said.
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