The Merimbula-Pambula Bulldogs have dealt a crushing result to the Bay Tigers in their round two showdown.
The two clubs met at the Pambula Sporting Complex on Saturday with the Bulldogs securing a breezy 72-6 result as the visitors couldn’t muster a response to the devastating attacking runs of the hosts.
The Bulldogs had lost to the Roosters by just a scant two points, but showed no signs of slowing down when they reached an unassailable lead over the Tigers with the ‘Dogs planting 13 tries on the night.
Tigers coach Tim Del Guzzo said it wasn’t all bad for his players on the night.
“I’m not too worried, because we definitely had a go,” he said.
“We were a bit below the mark with them, talentwise, because they had a fully fit squad, but we didn’t let it bother us at the start.
“We had some chances to take the lead early, but we didn’t take them and, in the end, we were just dropping like flies.”
The Bulldogs had a quiet start to the affair, leading just 6-0 at the 20-minute mark of the first grade clash, but then broke the flood gates and points began flowing freely for the hosts.
The knockout of Tigers enforcer Brodie Ralph proved pivotal for the visitors, a number of whom were backing up from the reserve grade.
Del Guzzo said his side will aim to make full use of their week off to regroup for their next assignment against 2016 grand finalists Bega.
“We’ll have a bit of fun at training this week, so we can clear our heads ahead of facing the Roosters in Bega, which is always a tough ask.”
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs will use the Easter break as a refresher with the first grade line-up charging onto the training track in preparation for a night game against Bombala in round three.
Earlier the league-tag Hot Doggies had shown plenty of prowess to outshine the visiting Bay Tigresses in an impressive 46-4 scoreline.
And the Bull Ants bounced back from their first round trouncing to secure a win in the second tie, leading the visitors by 30-10.
And wrapping up a clean sweep for the Bulldogs was another resounding win as the under 18s won 44-8.