Yass player Hale Teofilo comes up against the Tuggeranong defence at Greenway Oval. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
THIRTY minutes of dominance was enough for Yass to prove it is a premiership contender with a 50-26 belting of Tuggeranong at Greenway Oval yesterday.
Yass exploded in the opening half hour with six tries to race to a 34-0 lead, ensuring it would continue its unbeaten start to the season.
After finishing seventh in the Canberra Raiders Cup last year, the Magpies have now started their campaign with three straight wins.
Yass player Ray Robinson (centre) breaks past Tuggeranong player Michael Bray (right) at Greenway Oval. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
They simply outclassed the Bushrangers in all facets early on the back of greater intensity.
With their forwards completely on top, the visitors looked capable of racking up a monstrous score, prompting some Tuggeranong fans to call for the mercy rule.
Yass captain Brett Waters admitted the club is ''quietly confident'' it can press for its first title since 2006 this year.
He declared the side had rid itself of its self-destructive bad habits which had hindered its finals aspirations in recent seasons.
''Yass has always been known for their ill discipline, so it's something we've worked on hard the last few years and it's starting to pay off,'' Waters said.
''I didn't see it coming to be honest, I thought we were flat to start with in the warm-up.
''As for the 50 [points], I don't think we've done that since we won it in 2006.''
Thanks to the dominance of the pack, Yass halfback Scott Naughton ran riot in the first half.
He had a hand in most of the Magpies' tries, and managed to score two himself with some impressive support play.
Centre Allen Mulia and second- rower Tony McLean also crossed for doubles, and Yass will now take stock with the bye next week.
Tuggeranong had also started its season with a win and a draw, and shell-shocked captain-coach Jarrad Teka said yesterday was simply ''one of those days''.
''Everything went their way early and when a team gets their tail up like that, they're hard to stop,'' Teka said.
''Full credit to Yass they rolled on with it and took advantage.
''All of a sudden it's 40-6 at half-time and you're sitting there scratching your head saying: 'How did that happen?' [At half-time] we talked about having pride in the jumper and the club, and to not let our pants get pulled down any further.''
In other games yesterday, defending premiers Queanbeyan Kangaroos remained unbeaten after two matches following a hard-fought 34-22 victory over Woden Valley. Belconnen Scholars ran riot to win the local derby over West Belconnen 60-18, while Queanbeyan Blues are also yet to taste defeat after accounting for Goulburn 36-18.