Bulldogs extinguish the Dragons
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.
Chinchilla Bulldogs v St George A Grade at Bulldog Park.