OLD RIVALS: Roma Cities and Chinchilla Bulldogs went head-to-head in muddy conditions at Bulldog Park on Saturday.
OLD RIVALS: Roma Cities and Chinchilla Bulldogs went head-to-head in muddy conditions at Bulldog Park on Saturday. Alana Calvert

Gritty win sees Roma Cities top of ladder

RUGBY LEAGUE: It wasn’t pretty, but Roma Cities have re-claimed top spot thanks to a gruelling 14-12 win over Chinchilla in appalling conditions at Bulldog Park.

Coach Sam Bartley finally got the consistency he has been wanting from his troops all season, with the Gladiators controlling the ball well enough to condemn the Doggies to third place on the RDRL ladder.

Following a shock loss to the Red Bulls and a thrilling draw against St George, Bartley said he was pleased to see his side beat Chinchilla in their own backyard for the very first time since the start of last year.

“It’s been good after the last few weeks we’ve had,” Bartley said.

“It was a wet weather football and a very close game.

“Both teams struggled with the conditions and we just did a little bit better.”

Brayden Collins and Chris Gelhaar both ran hard for Cities and were rewarded with tries in the low-scoring affair.

But it was hard for either side to dominate in the rainy conditions, which turned Bulldog Park into a mud derby.

With the representative season finishing up next week, Bartley said he hoped for even greater consistency from the Gladiators, citing the ‘one-percenters’ like high possession rates and low missed tackle counts.

“We’re working on consistency in playing together and we’re realising that doing the little things are important,” he said.

“We play our last home game at Miles and hoping to get some form.

“Rep football will be over next week so just consistency and one-percenters is what I’m looking for.”

The Gladiators also won in the Reserve Grade 12-10, while the Bulldogs shocked Cities in the under-18s, winning 10-6 and consigning Roma to its first loss in that grade since 2013.

Chinchilla also won in the under-16s.


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