IT took the Bathurst Bulldogs a tick over 12 minutes to secure a bonus point win on Saturday, but for coach Tuma Aisake there was something more pleasing than the 47-0 victory against Orange City.
It was the performance of Bulldogs' new recruits.
Though the Bathurst side has retained the core playing group which took them to Ferguson Cup grand final glory last season, 2019 has also seen an injection of new talent to both the forward pack and backs.
Aisake has been delighted with how well they have adjusted to rugby, as they are not only strong ball runners, but are counter-rucking, displaying some nice passing skills and enthusiastic in defence.
"It was good to see some of the new girls who have just started do very well - Tiffany [Holland], Lily [McIntosh], her sister Bella. They are all very new but they played very well, so I'm happy," the coach said.
"Our old girls too, they just kept control and showed the way. I am very impressed, Edwina [Ulberg] was great, she scored a couple of tries."
As they had done in their season-opener against Dubbo Kangaroos, the Bulldogs were too good for an under strength City in the opening exchanges of Saturday's match at Ashwood Park.
They worked the Lions through their forwards, then spread the ball to the wings. The stretched defence of the Bulldogs' rivals had no answers.
New recruit Lily McIntosh scored Bulldogs' first after just 75 seconds, while Georgie Rich, Gaby Fahy and Amie Clarke also crossed in the opening quarter. All of them were scored under the sticks, leaving Kate Gullifer with easy conversions to make it 28-0.
Experienced prop Edwinda Ulberg had the scoreboard ticking over again in the second quarter as she bagged a double, the first a highlight as she fended off her rivals as she drifted across the field, then sprinted away down the left wing.
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Bulldogs skipper Mel Waterford, who pilfered well throughout, also crossed and as Bulldogs hit 47-0 they opted to call the game early for the second week running.
Once again they then loaned players to their rivals to play out the remaining minutes, ensuring their whole squad got good minutes and helping City to get valuable match practice at the same time.
Though outclassed, the Orange City squad is not without potential.
Once given some Bulldogs players for the remainder of the match, the confidence it gave the Lions' forwards was obvious to see. They ran hard, made some strong tackles and tried to pilfer at the breakdown.
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Abbey Senior was voted players' player as she stood up against her more experienced rivals, her defence a particular highlight.
"The girls will learn from that, it was good once we had a couple of their players," City's Jordan Garlick said.
"We are trying to get enough numbers, we had a few out this weekend, but we've got enough for a team, we've got 11 definitely registered. It's just trying to get the girls altogether week-to-week.
"We still need to work on the basics and getting everyone to training is hard, if we do that it will make a difference. You look at these girls, they have been playing for ages and know what each other is going to do and when, we're not there yet ... but we'll get there."