Roma and Chinchilla in wet, muddy nail-biter
LEAGUE: The Chinchilla Bulldogs faced Roma Cities in a top of the table clash on the weekend.
In poor conditions, it was a slow start from both teams with a wet and muddy field making ball handling particularly difficult and as a result the Roma side spent the opening 20 minutes attacking Chinchilla’s try line.
This proved to much for Chinchilla, who conceded the first try.
Chinchilla hit back immediately through some nice ball movement from a scrum win which allowed Kieran Boschammer to run 40m to post Chinchilla’s opening points.
The handling errors continued from both sides as the defence became the order of the day, with Chinchilla going to the break at 12-10.
Chinchilla came out much stronger in the second half and on the back of a much improved ball handling display and a dominant forward pack and managed to break away to a 26-10 lead.
It was not to stay that way unfortunately as the Cities team on the back of some enterprising play managed to snatch the game out of Chinchilla’s muddy hands in the last minute for a 28-26 victory. Players’ Player for the match went to Chinchilla Bulldogs captain Steve Brownhalls who played in typical Brownhalls style of 100% all day.
Also having very strong games for Chinchilla were Jordan Ashurst, Dillon McClelland, Jessy Hammermeister and Sam Irwin.
A Grade Coach Mark Lingard said despite the loss, the Bulldogs put in a better performance than the previous week.
“For 85% of the game we were much the better team, but the 15% where we weren’t dropped off a little bit, we started watching footy rather than playing footy,” he said.
Chinchilla must now regroup as they head to Wallumbilla for another tough encounter next Saturday.