RUGBY LEAGUE: The Chinchilla Bulldogs travelled to Roma at the weekend to take on last year's premiers.
But what started out as a mouth-watering clash ended up leaving a sour taste in the Chinchilla club's mouth due to a player shortage which meant several players had to play two full games of footy.
The A-grade side started strongly holding a 10-0 lead after 15 minutes but the grind of having to play so many minutes of football without a break quickly took its toll on the side who struggled to contain a very good Roma outfit and went in to half time down 28-10.
The second half was always going to be a hard slog for the Doggies and there was little relief from a rampant Roma who crossed for several more tries to finish the game 54-16.
Coach Mark Lingard said that while the score board got a little out of control it did not reflect the effort and attitude that his team played with.
"I am very proud of the way these men conducted themselves today they were always going to be in for a tough day but they just gritted their teeth and tried all day,” he said.
Player of the match went to a very deserving Sam Irwin who played through two full games of footy and never gave up, he was closely followed by Anthony Horswood, Neill Hooper and Ben Thomson. The Under-18s got their season to off to great start with an impressive 22-10 victory and the Reserve Grade side gotten beaten, 28-26, at the buzzer in a see-sawing game of footy.