PHIL Tuilau is excited, so his rival New Era league tag coaches best beware.
Tuilau is the man who is mentoring three-time defending champions CSU Yellow this season and while their bid for a fourth title is only in its infancy, he knows he has the talent at his disposal to give it a red hot crack.
It was talent which led CSU Yellow to a commanding 34-8 win over CSU Blue in Saturday's Mungals' derby at University Oval.
Georgia Woodhouse steered Yellow well as halfback and scored a brace, while fellow new recruit Lilly Phillips crossed three times as she demonstrated her ability to step off both feet.
And those were only two of a handful of strong performers for Yellow.
"It was a really good game, this Yellow team, I think we have something really special," Tuilau said.
"To put on a score like this against Blue, even though they did have a few players missing, I think we've got something special on.
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"Our defence was amazing, to only have eight points conceded, I'm really excited for the future.
"We are making sure that everyone is sort of an expert at what they do, and they are really coming together as a team, it's showing. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the season from here."
While consistency has long been a challenge for CSU sporting teams across all sporting codes given the constant player turnover, the Mungals have maintained their status as a New Era heavyweight.
It began as a single league tag team and since CSU has had the numbers to form a Blue and Yellow outfit, it has been the latter who has extended the Mungals' premiership run.
While Yellow went down 18-16 in their season-opener against Portland Colts, given it was the first chance Tuilau's squad had to work on their new combinations - a majority being in key positions as well - it was still promising.
Yellow backed that up by beating Lithgow Bears 40-4 and they stepped things up another level against their fellow Mungals.
Though Blue was below strength and still had bright moments - in particular from star halfback Jasmine Lagudi who scored a brace and made two brilliant try-saving tags - Yellow was simply too good.
Yellow struck just minutes into the derby with Phillips stepping her way through Blue's defence following a line drop out.
Though Lagudi found a reply then chased hard to deny firstly Miranda Rodgers then April Rich after they found space down the right wing, the margin soon blew out.
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Woodhouse ran half the length of the field to score just before the break and one minute after play resumed, she was in again.
Phillips then scored twice in three minutes and when Kate Rooney broke away down the right wing and ended up by planting the ball between the sticks, Yellow's lead stood at 28-4.
Lagudi was able to grab a second after putting in a kick behind Yellow's line and darting through to ground it, but it was not Blue's day. Rich iced the win with another length of the field effort.