Bowral Blacks coach Greg Mumm has praised his side's commitment to their style after a thumping 66-13 win over Camden on Saturday, 24 April.
The Blacks returned to winning ways during their Round 5 clash at Camden Rugby Park with a 53-point win, a week after suffering a disappointing loss at home to Woonona Shamrocks.
A returning Lachy Huntington led the way for Bowral with a try, six conversions and three penalty goals for a personal haul of 26 points.
Despite running in nine tries, Muum said a return to playing their brand of rugby was the most pleasing thing to come out of the result.
"The big focus for us this week was to go back to playing our style of footy," Mumm told the Southern Highlands News.
"Bowral over the past five or six years has developed a certain style which is really just focusing on running the ball hard and supporting each other well.
"The last two weeks we probably went away from that and focused too much on what the opposition might do. So this week the message was really just to play our own brand of rugby and at half-time the message was to make sure we scored first in the second half."
With the score sitting at 25-8 approaching half-time, a penalty goal and try either side of the interval swung the momentum firmly in the away side's favour with the players not letting up during the second half.
"We had a couple of guys back from injury including Lachy Huntington, our five-eighth, who had a really strong game for us," Mumm explained.
"It was kind of a cliched game in the sense that everyone played pretty well. Camden we knew were going to be competitive if we left them in the game so we made a commitment to each other to not let the foot off and keep the pressure on them.
"We got a penalty goal just before half-time and then we scored a try just after half-time and that kind of took it from being a competitive game to a bit more of a dominant performance. To the boys' credit they just kept the pressure on and kept putting points on right through the half."
The win could prove a crucial one ahead of a tough period of fixtures for fourth-placed Bowral as they face undefeated Shoalhaven, Campbelltown and Avondale over the next five weeks.
Mumm said the confidence gained from the Camden game would be crucial as they prepare to test their mettle against the sides placed above them on the ladder.
"It was a really important performance for us at Camden to get some confidence back heading into what is going to be a very tough four to five weeks and will really test where we sit in the competition," Mumm said.
"What you don't want to be doing is chasing the season because it just puts pressure on everyone, so I think getting some confidence out of Camden and understanding that we're a better team when we play our own game of footy was important for us.
"I think that will set us up to be competitive...realistically if we can take at least two wins out of the next four weeks, and hopefully more, we're going to be reasonably placed for the rest of the year."
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