BACK IN ACTION: The rivalry between Roma Cities and Chinchilla has been legendary this season.
BACK IN ACTION: The rivalry between Roma Cities and Chinchilla has been legendary this season. Blake Antrobus

Redemption chance for Roma Cities against Bulldogs

RUGBY LEAGUE: When Roma Cities run onto Bassett Park on Sunday to face Chinchilla, they'll have the chance to redeem themselves for what happened a year ago.

It was only 12 months ago when the Gladiators were embarrassed 36-6 by a rampant Bulldogs side in the qualifying final.

Roma Cities were forced to defeat the Red Bulls in the preliminary final before being edged by Chinchilla on grand final day.

Fast-forward a year, and the tables have turned - the Gladiators head into the match as the minor premiers and take on a Bulldogs side with less-than-convincing form.

While his side has enjoyed a perfect lead-up, coach Sam Bartley said he wasn't taking Chinchilla lightly.

"We're looking forward to it - our attitude is right and we know what we want,” he said.

"We've played them three times and there's only been three points in each match, so there's a pretty close rivalry.

"Last year we played Chinchilla five times and lost four of those.

"That hurt last year and we want another opportunity at them.”

The Gladiators have a chance to get three grades to Grand Final Day on August 28, if the Reserve Grade and under-18s can beat the Red Bulls and Chinchilla respectively.

While the A-grade Wallumbilla-Surat side were knocked out last weekend, their under-16s and Reserve Grade outfits have a shot at a grand final berth this weekend.

Matches kick off from 11am.


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