The Bendigo Fighting Miners were on the receiving end of a 72-7 shellacking at the hands of the classy Shepparton Bulls in Saturday's Victorian Rugby clash.
The Miners had no answer to the strong running and offloading of the Bulls, falling off many tackles.
When in possession, Bendigo contrived to mishandle the ball, giving possession back to the Bulls to inflict more pain on the Miners.
In addition, the Bulls' scrum overpowered that of the Miners. Two of the Bulls' first three tries came from winning scrums against the head. Only in the lineouts were the Miners superior.
The Bulls ran in 12 tries to one by the Miners, who scored a late consolation try by centre David Gudge after a break by Jeremy Lingen.
The Miners loss, coupled with the Melton Warriors' victory over Maroondah, drops the Miners into fifth position on the competition ladder.
Next Saturday, Bendigo is away to last placed Monash, who upset Ballarat on Saturday.
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