Wagga High School rebounded from an opening round loss to score a big win over Mater Dei Catholic College in the Hardy Shield clash at Parramore Park on Thursday.
Last year’s grand finalists have no answers as Wagga High ran away with a 32-4 victory.
Setting the tone early, Wagga High opening the scoring after five minutes when captain Matt Fellows crossed and never looked like getting headed.
Fullback Jordan Little completed a dominant first half as he capped off a brilliant team try for Wagga High.
A quick kick followed by a smart offload from Fellows put Little away under the posts to hand his team a 22-0 lead at half-time.
Coach Brent Merritt was thrilled by how his team responded following a 28-22 loss to Kildare Catholic College on Tuesday.
“It was much better,” Merritt said.
“Basically everything that they did wrong on Tuesday, that cost them the game, they’ve turned that arounf.
“They really cut those mistakes out and as a result got an excellent score.”
Things slowed down in the second half but Wagga High still scored two tries to one.
Little capped off a double while Chase Burmeister scored his team only try.
Meanwhile, The Riverina Anglican College scored a thrilling win to start their Hardy Shield campaign.
Scores were locked at 16-all when with five seconds left in the game Liam Delahunty scored to down Mount Austin High School.
TRAC led 16-4 with 12 minutes left but had to withstand another spirited comeback from Mount Austin
Jarod Ladbury scored a hat-trick to give his team a chance of a comeback win, but in the end goal kicking proved to be the difference.
Both teams scored four tries a piece, with three goals from TRAC captain John Downes proving decisive.
The competition continues on Tuesday.
WAGGA HIGH SCHOOL 32 (Matt Fellows 2, Jordan Little, Jack Flood, Rhys Jolliffe tries; Jack Flood 3, Jordan Little goals) d MATER DEI CATHOLIC COLLEGE 4 (Chase Burmeister try)
THE RIVERINA ANGLICAN COLLEGE 22 (Ryan Warman, Henry Yates, John Downes, Liam Delahunty tries; John Downes 3 goals) d MOUNT AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL 16 (Jarod Ladbury 3, Meleke Morris tries)