Ladder leaders too strong for Bendigo Miners

THE Keech Australia-backed Bendigo Miners were on the wrong end of an 18-o shutout in Saturday's rugby union match against Maroondah Griffins.

The ladder-leading Griffins were superior in the set play and broke even at the breakdown to set up a good platform for their excellent five-eighth, who constantly turned the Miners around with well-placed kicks.

Maroondah scored two tries in the first half and another in the second.

Bendigo number 8 Josephar Maiai made some strong runs from the base of a back-pedalling scrum while flanker Lolo Eliasi also shone. Full-back Henele Fa’avae had a big game with some elusive running and accurate chip kicks.

Young hooker Calum Clifton, a product of the Miners’ junior program had his best game since graduating to the senior ranks.

The Miners are at Epsom-Huntly this Saturday to play Northern Panthers.

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