Defending premiers Leeton produced one of their best performances this season on Saturday, dominating arch-rivals Griffith in a 53-0 rout at Ex-Servicemen’s Oval.
The Phantoms rarely looked troubled, running in nine unanswered tries against the Blacks to tighten their grip on second place and a certain finals berth.
Winger Joe Ratu was again among the try-scorers, bagging his second hat-trick in as many weeks while Freddy Tupou and Petero Taitusi were handy off the tee.
Leeton skipper Marika Vunibaka was pleased with his side’s powerful display away from home.
“Griffith were really tough in the first 30 minutes or so,” Vunibaka said.
“After that, we just started playing better and ended up with a good win.”
A rainy morning paid dividends for the Phantoms, who welcomed back six players who would have otherwise been committed to work.
“We got a bit lucky because we had quite a few boys who came across and played with us that usually wouldn’t due to work, but it rained so they came over and helped out,” Vunibaka said.
The Phantoms’ attention now turns to next weekend’s grand final rematch against the undefeated Waratahs.
“It should be a good game,” Vunibaka said.