Blacks rally after slump

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ON THE HUNT: Teague McMaster and Kaine Herbert battle for possession. PHOTO: Garry Jones

HISTORY repeated for Benalla All Blacks on Good Friday as a third quarter slump threatened to cancel out a dominant first half against Bonnie Doon.

The Panthers had been well on top heading into the long break, keeping the Bombers to a solitary goal and building a 27-point buffer.

But by the time the siren sounded for three quarter time half an hour later it was Bonnie Doon that held a seven-point advantage, having piled on six unanswered goals.

It replicated what happened at Benalla in round one when the Panthers took a 63-point lead into the long break, only to be outscored five goals to one in the third term by North Wangaratta.

Fortunately for coach Harry Moran, the Panthers once again responded with a brilliant final term, blasting the Bombers off the park with 6.3 to 0.1 to run out 31-point winners.

It leaves Benalla sitting third on the ladder with a very healthy percentage of 227.6.

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