Dogs’ last-minute luck

Roma crowd en­joys nail-bit­ing fin­ish to Sun­day af­ter­noon match

The Western Star - - SPORT - Alexia Austin [email protected]­ern­starnews.com Cities will face Miles next on Sun­day, June 24.

RUGBY LEAGUE: The A-grade bat­tle be­tween Roma Cities and the Chin­chilla Bull­dogs came down to the wire at the week­end, with the fi­nal five min­utes of the match prov­ing event­ful.

Cities se­cured a strong, early lead in front of their home crowd, with Tommy Barron the first try-scorer of the game.

A quick pass to Jackson Shell­swell had Cities pick up their sec­ond try at the 15minute mark, the team sit­ting com­fort­ably 10 up from the Dog­gies.

A con­sid­er­able sprint from Bull­dog Ro­mada Barnes brought the score to 10–4 as the half-time whis­tle sounded.

Cities re­turned to the field with a re­newed fo­cus, the sec­ond half prov­ing a some­what scrappy af­fair.

Barnes proved, once again, to be a dan­ger­ous op­po­nent, break­ing down the Cities’ de­fence to clinch the Bull­dogs’ sec­ond try.

Cities play­ers Jack Just and Boey Coo­nan re­sponded with three tries in quick suc­ces­sion, main­tain­ing the Cities’ up­per hand.

Cor­ner tries from both Tom Dodd and Frank Roma placed the Bull­dogs within strik­ing dis­tance with a score of 20–24.

As the game en­tered the fi­nal two min­utes, an up­set was in the mak­ing.

A turnover placed the ball in the Bull­dogs’ pos­ses­sion and, af­ter a num­ber of at­tempts at the Cities’ try line, Craig John­son pre­vailed – run­ning over the line much to the dis­may of the home side.

Alex Coo­nan’s last-minute sprint gave the crowd hope but time was not on Cities’ side, the fi­nal score for the match 24–28.

PHOTO: ALEXIA AUSTIN

SUD­DEN IM­PACT: Cities play­ers Jackson Shell­swell and Locky Hoey lay a hard tackle on Tom Dodd.

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