Dysart Bulls cart forge ahead in the top-of-the-table clash with Peak Downs Pirates.
Dysart Bulls cart forge ahead in the top-of-the-table clash with Peak Downs Pirates.

Dysart trumps Pirates

DYSART Bulls left nothing in the tank for their top-of-the-table clash with Peak Downs Pirates in Clermont, finishing with a flourish to down the Pirates 40-25.

The Bulls stamped a firm impression on the game early in the first half to lead 18-12 at the break. It took until the second 40-minutes before Tieri players found their feet to mount a determined but ultimately futile comeback attempt.

Dysart coach Bill Devine needed no convincing as to just how much expectation was riding on this game with number one on the competition ladder taking on number two. He said the battle in the middle couldn’t have been more fierce despite the score blow-out indicating a different version of events.

“It was a very close game – there was nothing in it between the two sides,” Devine said.

With the scoreline deadlocked midway through the second half, Pirate Ernie Sandilands slotted a field goal to give Peak Downs only the slimmest of margins.

“I think it was a bit of a mark of respect from Tieri as to just how tough this game was going to be,” Devine said.

But soon it became apparent to all just how easily the situation could change.

From the kick-off after the field goal, Dysart scored almost immediately and from there it was a slippery slope down for Tieri. The Bulls posted more than 20 unanswered points.

Phil Derksen was right on target with the boot for the Bulls, kicking six from seven goal attempts and Logan Sullivan ran over for a try-double.

Dysart coach Devine said their defence worked well but didn’t have the biggest advantage shaping up to the calibre of the Pirates’ players.

“They’ve certainly got a lot of experience in that team,” he said

“Our slide defence worked better but even still they probably made more line-breaks than us.”

He named former Brisbane Bronco-turned-Pirates hooker Barry Berrigan as instrumental in carving them up through the middle, giving the Peak Downs side “a lot of momentum.”

Still reigning undefeated in the Central Highlands Rugby League competition, Devine said it’s a door that swings both ways.

Their status can demand respect from other teams in the league and instil a certain amount of fear but it can also stir those placed lower on the ladder to rise to the challenge.

“Certainly we’re proud of our achievement so far but sometimes that (undefeated ranking) just makes teams come out harder,” Devine said.

And their newfound success hasn’t gone unnoticed on the home front either.

“There is no doubt a lot more talk around town, everyone has been asking when our next home game is,” Devine said.

Dysart play Clermont in a home game on July 2.

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