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Steamers wrap up top spot

TRY TIME: Tom Boyle launches himself to the try-line in the Steamers’ dominant top of the table win at Murrayfield. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICKDYNAMIC winger Sam Allen has helped the Steamers close in on the minor premiership with an outstanding display at Murrayfield on Saturday.
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The blue and golds dominated the top of the table clash with Leeton, converting a 29-13 halftime leadinto a 49-22 victory.

The win gives the Steamers a handy buffer at the top of the table with three rounds to finals and the week off for the minor premier.

Coach Mick Raynes said he hasn’t seen a winger have so much influence on a game.

“His running just created a momentum that the wholeteam bought into,” he said.

“A lot of the work is done inside butSamtook his own game to another level on Saturday.

”At one stageRichie Manion put up a bomb, there were two Leeton guys converging from both directions and they just hesitated for a fraction of a second and Sam hit the afterburners,took the ball out of the air and thenbeat two others to score –it was freakishly good.”

Raynes said it was a clinical first half performance.

“We dominated the first half and that came after spending sometimetalkingabout ourslow starts butlike the Tumut game we played to our game plan, kept themout of the red zone and executed our plays better than the previousweek,” he said.

“But it was the likes of Jean-Laurent Pozzobon, who must have racked up 30 tackles, Dan Cottrell in the line-out and Lex Botha out wide who reallystood out with Allen.

“The second half was a little scrappy but we now control our own destiny for the minor premiership.”

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