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Bulldogs maul Devils but freezing conditions bite hardest

It took two Chinchilla under-18s to put big-man Alex Dorman to ground in the under-18s match.
It took two Chinchilla under-18s to put big-man Alex Dorman to ground in the under-18s match. Emma Heron

IT WAS a Chinchilla green-and-white wash on Saturday, when the Bulldogs were let off their leash for a fierce rivalry round against their Devils neighbours.

While the Bulldogs mauled the Devils by winning all four matches at Centenary Oval, it was the cold weather that bit the hardest.

The A grade teams ran on about 7.30pm and temperatures struggled to stay in the double figures, which caused both clubs to call for earlier kick-off times for the rest of the season.

Devils A grade player/coach Wayne Collie said it was "ridiculous" to expect players to perform in the freezing conditions.

"Kick-off needs to be at 5pm at the latest for both the players' and the supporters' sake," Collie said. "You can't expect a club to thrive when no one wants to come out and support it."

Aside from the tough conditions, the Devils under 16s were the talking point of the evening. After struggling for numbers all season, their gutsy 10-man team held out the full-force Bulldogs cohort to be up 18-14 at half-time.

But fresh legs prevailed from the Bulldogs bench and the Chinchilla young-guns found the gaps they needed to get up 28-44.

The under 18s Bulldogs played out the last of the light and dominated with a 30-60 win.

With their vocal and town-proud supporters now huddled around heaters, the Devils reserve grade (and then A grade) took to the field to try and even the score.

The Bulldogs rode their early momentum to snatch both games and took out the reserves 36-20 and the A-grade show-down 50-20.

Coach Mick Ashurst said he had expected his A grade Bulldogs to play well - but they surprised even him with their dominant win.

"We've been doing a lot of work with our fitness and really working hard on encouraging each other through hard training nights," Ashurst said.

"Miles had a huge forward pack but I thought we'd get them for mobility and fitness, which we did."

Topics:  chinchilla bulldogs, miles devils, rugby league, western downs


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