Tumut stuck with Albury but in the end proved no match for the ladder leaders at Jarrah Park on Sunday.
The Steamers only scored once in the first half before lighting up the second half to score a 40-3 win.
Sam Allen scored his team’s only try, a 50 metre effort, as James Olds’ boot helped Albury take a 13-3 lead into half-time.
Olds kicked his third penalty after the break, before the Steamers were able to find some more gaps in the Bulls’ defensive line.
Coach Mick Raynes was impressed with his team’s better decision making in attack, even if it didn’t always come off as planned.
“While we made the right calls during the game we put down the passes, knocked out and made a few more mistakes than we would have liked,” Raynes said.
“Our defensive effort was good to hold Tumut out was a big plus and big step for us.”
The win was good lead up for the top of the table clash with Leeton at Murrayfield.
“It was a good hit out for us and exactly what we needed,” Raynes said. “I’m sure Leeton, Waratahs and Griffith all got the games they wanted to get, good solid hit outs coming into the first round of the Walsh and Blair Cup so we aren’t alone.”
Liam Krautz and Scott Ison were strong in the forwards while Tom Boyle put in an improved performance after being given a rev up.
ALBURY 40 (S Allen 2, L Krautz, R Manion, L Botha tries; J Olds 3 cons, 3 pen) d TUMUT 3 (C Manuelvao pen)
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