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The Tumut Blues have continued their blistering start to the 2020 Group 9 First Grade competition after recording a 30-20 victory over Southcity Bulls in a blockbuster Grand Final rematch at Harris Park on Saturday.

It was a relentless opening 20 minutes that helped pave the way for the 10-point victory, with Tumut crossing for three unanswered tries to race out to an early 18-0 lead. 

A try in the 65th minute to Connor Mason gave the Blues a comfortable 30-12 advantage before the Bulls responded with two consolation tries in the dying stages.

The Bulls were made to rue their missed opportunities with the boot as none of their five tries were converted, made all the more agonising given Tumut crossed for just as many four-pointers. 

The win saw the defending premiers join Gundagai Tigers as the only two teams who are yet to taste defeat through the first 4 rounds after they played out an enthralling 16-all draw in the opening fixture of the season. 

Tumut celebrated their first premiership in nine years following a resounding 28-4 win over the Bulls in last season's decider, and have seemingly sent an ominous warning to the rest of the competition that a premiership defence is certainly on the cards.

They sit first on the ladder and boast a strong defensive record with just over 15 points conceded per game, only bettered by a resilient Tigers outfit who concede 12 per game after 4 rounds. 

Tumut will enjoy a well-deserved bye next weekend before setting their sights on Junee Diesels in Round 6.