BATHURST Bulldogs crushed Dubbo 69-10 in their Blowes Menswear Cup match at Walmer Park on Saturday.
The encounter was a far cry from the famous clashes between the clubs in the 1990s and signalled Bulldogs are getting back to top form after an indifferent start to the season.
Elated Bulldogs’ co-coach Richard Smith said the result was unlike any he could remember in the history of matches between the two clubs.
“We’ve had to get mentally tough as well as physically tough and that is probably what we’ve been lacking,” Smith said.
“I can’t remember a time when we have beaten Dubbo by that much before, but you know, hats off to Dubbo.
“They never gave up and have a very slick back line, but it’s just been one of those days where everything works and we’ll probably have a big night tonight and enjoy it.”
Bulldogs’ flanker Josh McGrath opened the scoring after breaking through Dubbo’s defensive line, but it was his mistake soon after that enabled Matt Burnie to strike back for Dubbo.
McGrath dropped a high kick that Burnie scooped up and took under the posts.
Dubbo would not cross again until the final stages of the match as Bulldogs went on a scoring blitz, Nick Lavelle, Lee Hands and Greg Reid each crossing for two tries.
Dubbo coach Scott Vaughan said he had hoped “for a little better showing”.
“We had a few injuries earlier in a few key positions and it just went from bad to worse… there were a few head clashes out there that saw us lose a few,” Vaughan said.
“They were full strength and credit to them.”
BATHURST BULLDOGS 69 (Nick Lavelle 2, Lee Hands 2, Greg Reid 2, Andrew Breen, Stuart Thomas, Jono Cody, Josh McGrath, Matt Lawson tries, Lavelle 7 conversions) def DUBBO KANGAROOS 10 (Matt Burnie, Ray White tries)..
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