Devonport coach Jeremy Scott believes his side are well placed for a mid-season surge after exploding in Round 3 of the TRU Premiership.
The Bulls struggled on the road across the opening two weeks with a scratchy 31-25 win over Glenorchy preceding their record 98-12 loss to Launceston in Round 2.
But Devonport are a different beast with a full squad on home turf and showed University as much, rolling the students 74-17 at Don Recreation Oval on Saturday.
Centre Eliki Bativudi, fullback Jamie Tanti and flyhalf Mark Meo scored doubles in a 12-try blitz with Scott crediting his halves pairing for their renewed attacking vigour.
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“We had a fair few players out across those opening two weeks and getting some key personnel back last weekend really helped against Uni,” Scott said.
“Mark Meo was very good at 10 – he directed us around the ground well – Josh Gold played a really good game from 9 and we got one of our second rowers Luke Spring running some good hard lines from 13 as well.
“Great to get our first home win and I think we’re in a good place now.”
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Devonport’s next opponent is Taroona, who sit clear atop the TRU premiership ladder after edging Burnie 25-18 last weekend.
Both sides scored three tries with the goalkicking of Penguins flyhalf Noah Kazarine proving the difference in a hard-fought affair at Rugby Park.
“Both those sides have been travelling well and credit to them but nobody wins a premiership after Round 2 or 3,” Scott said.
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“We knew we had a few players out early and knew we’d have a tough start to the year but we’ve got most back now and we’ll be targeting this middle part of the season.”
In the other Round 3 Premiership fixtures, a Tjumbu Hart hat-trick helped Glenorchy bag a 27-17 win over Hobart Lions to open their account while Launceston outclassed Hobart Harlequins 71-3 at Royal Park.
The Tigers also enjoyed success in the Championship division, rolling Eastern Suburbs 86-0, while Burnie got one back over Taroona in a 34-33 thriller.