Bull­dogs ex­tin­guish the Drag­ons

The Western Star - - Sport -

RUGBY LEAGUE: Joshua Colls, the new kid on the block, snatched Chin­chilla’s match-win­ner in a game of lost chances against St Ge­orge at Bull­dog Park last Satur­day.

Colls, mak­ing his ini­tial A-grade ap­pear­ance, skit­tled tack­lers to score wide out 11 min­utes from the end of the Bull­dogs’ 28-24 win over an oc­ca­sion­ally ar­gu­men­ta­tive Drag­ons.

With­out the ball, the Kee­bra Park State High School (South­port) stu­dent played strongly to jus­tify a gam­ble by of­fi­cials to pro­mote him to se­nior ranks in a sea­son where a youth pol­icy has nec­es­sar­ily been part of the pre­miers’ cam­paign.

“He’ll han­dle it OK,” said head coach Bill Rack­e­mann prior to the kick-off. And so he did, gain­ing the play­ers’ player award.

Chin­chilla ju­niors prod­uct Colls is part of a foot­balling fam­ily on the Bull­dogs books. The youngest, Caleb, was among the tryscor­ers in the U16s win over the Drag­ons while older sib­ling Si­mon, who shared in the club’s 2018 pre­mier­ship tri­umph, played along­side Josh.

Satur­day’s come-from-be­hind win qui­etened fears, at least for a week or two, that the Bull­dogs could be frozen out of the play-off se­ries at Roma next month.

“We made it hard for our­selves,” de­clared cap­tain-coach Tommy Dodd.

“We dropped the ball too of­ten, along with a num­ber of for­ward passes.

“I thought we were the bet­ter team but we need to im­prove. The Roma team (Cities) have been su­pe­rior to the rest.”

■ WAL­LUM­BILLA/Su­rat’s up­set win (38-34) over Cities at Su­rat last Sun­day elicited com­par­isons with their four-point de­feat of the

Roma out­fit in the open­ing round.

Bar­ring an up­heaval in the re­main­ing rounds of the reg­u­lar sea­son, Cities – cur­rently lead­ing the pre­mier­ship race with 36 points - can look ahead to a ma­jor semi-fi­nal con­fronta­tion with ei­ther Wal­lum­billa or St Ge­orge, sec­ond on 28 points.

PHOTO: ZOE BELL

Chin­chilla Bull­dogs v St Ge­orge A Grade at Bull­dog Park.

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