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Blacks leak plenty of points in loss

HEAVY LOSS: Griffith inside centre Alapati Taifai looks for options as Waratahs defenders Matt Shortis (left) and Tim Corcoran close in. Picture: The Daily Advertiser.
Nanjing Night Net

AN UNDERMANNED Blacks outfit hasslumped to its second defeat since the Southern Inland splitto fall further down the pecking order.

Griffith came into the split thirdbut Waratahs have moved around them following a 57-10 win at Conolly Rugby Complex on Saturday.

Missing some of its best players including co-coaches Nick Gleeson and Matt Vitucci as well as premiership players Chris Latu, Dan Dowson andLafa Lale, the Blacks struggled to contain the firing Wagga outfit.

Waratahs ran in eight tries to oneto take the coveted third spot with three more games beforefinals.

Finishing third enables a second chance come finals time but Gleeson is more concerned about getting his team to play its best football.

Gleeson wasdisappointed in his team’s performance despite missing 10 players.

“In the first half there was patches were we turned up to play as well as the first 10 minutes of the second half but after that we missed a bit of quality and direction whichthose (missing) players bring,” Gleeson said.

“There were players there that stood up and tried to lead us around whichwas good.”

Michael Stalley led from the front while Enoch Tia was strong after stepping up from third gradebut they didn’t have enough answers for the Waratahs’ attack.

Trailing 15-3 at half-time, Waratahs scored early in the second half before Manning Doughty hit back for Griffith.

Theforward’s try reduced the margin to 12 points but from there the Waratahs backs went to another level.

Letting in five more tries in the second half, the Blacks defence couldn’t handle the pressure to slump to their biggest loss of the season

The Blacks will host their home game againstTumut at Hay on Saturday as they look to bounce back into the winners list.

Gleeson is hoping to have a few more players to call upon to tackle the Bulls, who scored a narrow win over Ag College to remain in fifth, and play like they did in the loss to Leeton two weeks ago.

“Last week we played with a similar team and played a lot better than that and really took it to Leeton,” Gleeson said.

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