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.