Albury bounce back for win

TEAM EFFORT: Albury prop Gethin Cattle gets surrounding by Tumut players as he looks to make more ground in the win over the Bulls at Murrayfield on Saturday.
TEAM EFFORT: Albury prop Gethin Cattle gets surrounding by Tumut players as he looks to make more ground in the win over the Bulls at Murrayfield on Saturday.

A James Devlin-inspired Albury returned to winning ways with a 36-29 win over Tumut on Saturday.

The stylish fullback has missed the last two games for the Steamers with a hamstring injury, which resulted in two losses, but returned to have plenty of influence at Murrayfield.

Not only did he score three times, but provided his teammates with plenty of attacking opportunities.

Coach Paul Musarra was pleased to find some winning form again.

“I wasn’t so happy for the last 15 minutes of the game when they were coming back at us, but it is good to get the win,” Musarra said.

There was plenty of points in the first half as the Steamers shot off to an early lead.

They took a 29-17 lead at the break, but could only find one more try for the game.

Musarra was pleased they found a way to hold on.

Looking to protect the injury prone playmaker, Devlin didn’t play for the final 20 minutes.

That coincided with a late charge by the Bulls.

Musarra admitted bringing him off was probably a mistake after the game, and was glad it didn’t prove costly.

“He plays well, injects himself into the line well and gives us another option,” he said.

“Having that depth back this week made a bit of a difference, we were nearly full strength for the first time this year.”

Musarra is still looking to improve Albury’s scrummaging after struggling to contain the bigger Bulls bodies at the set piece.

Despite that they sit a win clear of the pack in fourth.