Bloem’s Vandals out to build on winning start

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Halifax Vandals coach Jamie Bloem was “proud” of his new side after they kicked off their Yorkshire Four season with a dominant 32-5 win over Mosborough.

Last week’s visitors have been tipped as one of the competition’s title contenders this season, but were comfortably eclipsed at Warley in a performance that even took Bloem - who only took charge in the summer - by surprise.

“It was a big win for us,” said the South African, who replaced the former Heath player Ed Morane in the hotseat and picked himself at fly half.

“We just outplayed them in all aspects; the guys were really up for it and the enthusiasm was fantastic.

“We have worked really hard over the last four or five weeks and they’ve bought into everything that I’ve tried to teach them.

“We basically kicked them to death in the second half and they couldn’t get out of their own end.”

Vandals face another stern examination tomorrow, with a trip to a highly-rated Old Otliensians side.

“They only drew last week, which was a big surprise,” said Bloem.

“For me, it’s good that we get these teams out of the way early on, because it will tell us where we are.

“If last week was where we are, I’m pretty happy.”

Vandals will be without key forward Jon Isherwood, who is facing a lengthy absence after rupturing his Achilles tendon last weekend.

“We might have seen the last of Jon this season, which would be a big blow for us,” said Bloem.