THE Chinchilla Bulldogs hosted the Mitchell Magpies on Saturday in what was a crucial game for the home side after two straight losses.
The Bulldogs needed a win to help get their season back on track, and that's just what they got.
That said, the game could not have got off to a worse start for the Doggies, with the Magpies getting out to an early 10-0 lead courtesy of a 90m intercept try, as well as a bomb that was allowed to bounce by Chinchilla and which fell into Magpie hands.
The Bulldogs then managed to complete some sets of six and apply a bit of pressure to Mitchell, which resulted in the Bulldogs taking a 24-10 lead into the half-time break.
The Bulldogs came out after the break and posted an early try to get the lead out to 30-10 and were looking comfortable until they started to self-destruct and turn the ball over to the Magpies early in the tackle count on numerous occasions.
The lack of discipline started to show on the scoreboard as well as the Mitchell team posted tries in quick succession to get the score back to 30-20.
From this point, both sides managed to post another try each and the score finished at 36-24.
Coach Mark Lingard, while happy to get the two points, was disappointed his side did not manage to build on their half-time momentum and close out the match.
"We got a little ahead of ourselves in that second half and went away from the things that were working for us in the first half, we forgot to build pressure and play high percentage footy,” he said.
"We are a little light on troops at the moment but no excuses can be made for what happened out there (on Saturday), we simply switched off and thought the game would take care of itself.”
Players' player for the match went to Anthony Horswood who was well supported by the hard working Dylan Taylor.
A stern test awaits the Bulldogs next weekend when they travel to Roma to take on the undefeated Roma team.
In other matches on Saturday, the reserve grade Bulldogs soundly beat Mitchell 42-14.
The U18s edged out Mitchell 34-32.
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