Blackwater Crushers had the Cowboys’ defence in a daze earlier this year, but had big trouble with their own at the weekend against Bluff Rabbitohs.
Blackwater Crushers had the Cowboys’ defence in a daze earlier this year, but had big trouble with their own at the weekend against Bluff Rabbitohs.

Crushers defensive game given the slip

BLACKWATER Crushers may have walked away with the points after their 52-40 win over Bluff Rabbitohs at the weekend but they did little to win over the support of their coach John Munns, who labelled their defence as “atrocious” and well below the mark of a side on the verge of semi-finals football.

“Both sides were guilty for it. There just didn’t seem to be any effort in defence at all,” Munns said.

“They were saying that it was a good one to watch for the spectators but for me... well.

“It’s not the end of the world, a win’s a win.”

Desperate to maintain some form of team continuity, Munns ramped up the club’s training nights to three nights a week, allowing players to train outside of their existing work commitments.

“A lot of it has do with getting the numbers down to training,” he said.

While their defence certainly left a lot to be desired, in attack Blackwater’s Sam Joe and Kent Booker were ever dangerous. The pair posted three tries each for the Crushers with Booker also kicking five conversions.

Meanwhile, the Rabbitohs found themselves at the wrong end of a mammoth scoreline, in one of the highest scoring losses in the Central Highlands competition this season.

Bluff co-coach Wayne Saunders said his Rabbitohs chargers were gallant in defeat, refusing to surrender. He named Sid Doyle, Devon Malone, Josh Byrne and Herb Kirkland as having put in “solid efforts” for the Rabbitohs.


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