LEETON has secured a win that coach Brent Pike has labelled as a much-needed confidence boost.
The Greens took out the 32-16 victory over Yenda at No. 1 Oval on Sunday afternoon, leaving Pike relieved after a series of close loses and missed chances.
“We finally got a win,” he said.
“I think our performance was pretty good.
“My boys on the day put in for about 80 per cent of the game.
“Obviously we want to be switched on for that full 100 per cent, but it’s a good start and it’s good to come away with the win.
“For the boys it’s definitely a good confidence boost.
“We all needed it I think.”
Matt Arnold, Pike, Brayden Scarr, Apouani Lemalu-Tigafua, Daniel Maskill and Paul Taitusi all picked up tries on the day.
Arnold was also successful with the boot kicking four from six conversions.
Pike labelled Maskill, who won man of the match, Josh Fisher and Teague Studholm as his best players for the game.
“We always knew it was going to be a pretty tough game,” Pike said.
“I thought big Dan Patu coming off the bench had a good game as well.
“They have a couple of good players.
“There captain-coach was out sick, but taking nothing away from boys, I thought they had a good game.”
The win sees the Green leapfrog Yenda into seventh place and they are now six points behind the leading pack.
Pike said there were other positive aspects to come from the game.
“The boys really put their bodies on the line and we all really played for each other,” he said.
“It was a real team effort, which was pleasing.”
The game was relatively tight, with the Greens scoring a couple of tries late in the game to blow the scoreline out.
The Greens will now prepare for another tough game when they take on rivals Yanco-Wamoon in the local derby on Sunday afternoon.
“Having that confidence going into that game is pretty crucial,” Pike said.
“I’m happy we’re coming off a win going into the derby against Yanco. There’s always a lot to play for in those matches.”