TAKEN DOWN: Chinchilla Bulldogs beat the Mitchell Magpies in the under-18s semi-final match at the weekend.
TAKEN DOWN: Chinchilla Bulldogs beat the Mitchell Magpies in the under-18s semi-final match at the weekend. Sarah Dionysius

Bulldogs on their way to grand final glory

Rugby league: Two tries to Bulldog Matt Edwards and a strong second half defence allowed the Chinchilla Bulldogs Under 18 side advance to the grand final after victory on Sunday.

The Bulldogs played minor premiers, the Mitchell Magpies, in the major semi-final of the competition.

The two teams had traded wins against each other earlier in the season and the tight nature of their clashes was evident in the first half.

The teams went into the break with the score line level at 14 points each.

The Bulldogs started the second half in style with two tries to take a 24-14 lead.

The lead was cut to six points when the Magpies crossed over for their fourth try of the match.

The game was in the balance for both sides, with the Bulldogs' tenacious defence holding strong in the late stages of the game.

The game was put beyond doubt when Jaison Knight crossed over with five minutes left to play, sending the Bulldogs into the title game on Sunday, August 27.

All is not lost for the Magpies, who will play this weekend in the grand-final qualifying match against Wallumbilla-Surat Red Bulls, who won the elimination final on Sunday.

Bulldogs coach Craig Hammermeister said his side played as a cohesive unit which ultimately won them the contest.

"What has got them to the grand final is their commitment to training, to travel and on the field to each other,” Hammermeister said.

"It is a tough competition, and who ever turns up on the day can win.

"We have some talented players, but we work well as a team and it has allowed us achieve what we have.”

The Bulldogs will have a week off to prepare for the title match, finalising what they have worked on throughout the season.

The squad has some fast and elusive back-line players who pose a threat to any opposition.

However it is the defencive efforts across the team which helped them win many games during the season, especially Sunday's semi final.

It is this defence which Hammermeister will rely upon for the grand final.


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