Bulls in second-half thunder

SCORES can often be deceiving, skewing the real picture of competition. Both parties were in agreement there was a second story to be told in Dysart Bulls’ 42-6 drubbing of Emerald Cowboys at the weekend.

“It was a great effort considering the conditions were not ideal,” Dysart coach Bill Devine said of the rain-soaked McIndoe Park pitch.

“The game was a lot closer at half-time - we were only up 12-nil.

“Fitness was probably the major difference – I think we just had a bit more steam.

“We dropped a fair bit of ball early on, but after we got our heads right we didn’t drop one for the rest of the game.

“The boys never gave up, covering a lot of ground to make the tackles.”

Cowboys’ president Damon Walsh saw the game in a similar light, with a steady first half build-up only to fall away in the late stages of the game.

“We were pretty close early on, but let it go by the second half,” Walsh said.

“Their boys seemed to gel together a lot better.”

Kieran Bryce scored the Cowboys’ only try, while the Bulls’ points were split among almost half the team with Ian Watson claiming a double.

Devine said he can feel a stir in the air emanating from the Bulls camp, with confident prospects for the year ahead.

“The last two seasons we have just missed out on the finals. As long as we keep that defence right, we are every chance for the finals this year.”

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