Bulldogs maul visiting Bay Tigers

Send it: Jack McGuire sends a pass down the line during the Bulldogs' 38-28 win over the Bay Tigers under lights on Saturday.
Send it: Jack McGuire sends a pass down the line during the Bulldogs' 38-28 win over the Bay Tigers under lights on Saturday.

The Merimbula-Pambula Bulldogs have taken the Bay Tigers to task on Saturday afternoon.

Under lights at the Pambula Sporting Complex, the Tigers got the early jump, but the Bulldogs had a barn-storming finish to the first half and went on to secure the biscuits 38-28.

Despite a mounting injury toll, the Bulldogs muscled up in the opening half and cut dividing lines in the Bay defense to score repeatedly to hold a 34-12 advantage at the break.

Hooker Adam Stone was the first to break through after the Dogs had looked threatening in attack for a couple of sets.

The Bay Tigers had already scored the early try, and backed up to lead 12-6, but Stone's four pointer appeared to open the flood gates for the home outfit.

James Magnussen and Grant Moon were making strong runs up the middle with Jack McGuire also carving through the ruck and it wasn't long before the points were flowing for the home team.

Billy Doneman got on the books, then Trent Casey soon after.

Rhys Schafer piled in with the scorers before Casey rounded out a first-half double with Blake Schafer scoring with just two minutes left before the siren.

Almost all the chances for both teams had been around the fringes with two tries to the Bulldogs winger in Doneman, while a further two were scored by Casey out of half-back.

It was the same scenario for the visitors, who found a majority of their four-pointers deep in the corner.

Captain Corey Schafer excelled with the boot, clearing five of six attempts for the Bulldogs to take charge 34-12 at the break.

Refreshed in the second half, the Bay Tigers began working their way back in to play, particularly with good size across the park making the 'Dogs work hard in defence.

The Tigers began focusing their efforts on the left edge where Mitch Hockey shone for the visitors, bagging a second-half double, but a hat-trick for the game.

While the Tigers were closing in fast, the Bulldogs didn't ease up on attacking the visitors' try-line and Billy Doneman was rewarded late in the half with his second for the night, which all but ensured the Bulldogs the 10-point final buffer from their rivals.

There was no reserve grade fixture on the night, but league-tag play went ahead with the Tigerettes getting over the Pink Panthers 14-6.

Dropped balls marred play for the home side, while a Nikki Ainsworth try and good pressure on the left edge had the Pink Panthers hungry to chase down the 10-6 half-time score.

Handovers from both sides meant it was fairly difficult to get into good attacking range, but the Bay team sealed the deal with a line break in the second half proving difficult to run down.

The Bulldogs will have a bye this weekend.