Cities left red-faced after Red Bulls snatch 20-18 win
LEAGUE: It’s been called a healthy rivalry off the field, but the boys in red and blue were locking horns as they clashed on Sponsor’s Day.
Roma Cities led the charge against the Wallumbilla-Surat Red Bulls with a consistent first half, with hooker Chris Gellar and sharpshooter Shannon Irwin helping to bring the score to a standstill of 12-8.
But the Red Bulls pushed back despite the hard-hitting performance of the Gladiators, with the boys failure to capitalise on ball opportunities allowing the Red Bulls to take the match 20-18.
It made for an intense match in front of the packed crowd of sponsors, families and supporters, who eagerly watched as the rivalry played out.
But despite their close victory being snatched away, Cities Coach Sam Bartley said the Bulls deserved the win after the “absolute slug-fest” out there.
“It was a very hard and close fought match, and Wallumbilla-Surat thoroughly deserve their victories,” he said.
“The boys performed outstandingly, especially Thomas Packer and Zac Downey.”
A-Grade Cities have led the competition since round 1 and have been touted as one of the potential finalists alongside the likes of the Chinchilla Bulldogs, St George Saints and the Red Bulls themselves.
Red Bulls Coach Justin Washington commended his team for the win, with the game proving a turnaround for their previous performances.
“We were pretty slack in previous games with late starts, but the boys dug in and backed each other up for the whole 80 minutes,” he said.
“There’s rivalry between every team; they get on well off the field. When it comes to footy, it’s gloves off and [it’s] all footy.
“Hopefully we’ll continue a bit of a winning streak towards the end of the season.”