An inexperienced Deni Drovers line-up picked up a miraculous win against a tough Tumut team at Leeton on Saturday.
After falling 12-0 down in the early stages of the Southern Inland Rugby Union McMullen Cup round two match, the Drovers fought their way back into the contest to lead 17-12 at half time.
With the Bulls having a strong wind behind their backs, the Drovers’ defence worked hard in the second half, holding their opponent out for the entire half to record a 17-12 win.
Drovers coach Joe Gogarty said it was an impressive team effort.
‘‘It’s pretty pleasing to go up with five players that are either playing their first or second game of rugby ever and score a win,’’ he said.
‘‘I pencilled that game in to be a very difficult one for us to win, but everyone gave me the effort that is required.
‘‘There is still plenty to work on, because we didn’t kick well with the wind but we did have a lot more patience this week.
‘‘We were strong in defence and to see us battle it out despite the opposition having a strong wind behind their backs was tremendous.’’
Ross Gardiner earned three votes for the Drovers, with Tau Wirihana (two) and Tjunda Keefe (one) other vote getters.
Wirihana was awarded with the Players’ Player award, with tries going to Gardiner, Dylan Osborne and Zack Thompson.
Thompson finished the game with one conversion.
The Drovers will travel to Albury to take on Wagga Ag for their round three clash on Saturday.