A renewed and rehydrated Bulldogs side came out firing after half-time, dominating possession and territory stats. Bulldogs captain Shaun Fickling and centre partner Ryan Massyn wreaked havoc in the midfield with a combination of speed and strength, assisted by the strong running of flank Basil Nieveldt, however it was once again a case of the last pass not going to hand or forcing the play after getting across the advantage line which cost us.
A disappointing trip up to Kuils River for the Bulldogs which saw us go down by 17 points to a talented Kuils River side. After a promising start which saw us dominating the first scrum encounters, we let ourselves down by letting in a soft try against the run of play. This weighed heavy on the mind of the boys and two more lapses in concentration saw Kuils River score two more breakaway tries to lead 17-0 into half-time.
The relentless pressure did however pay off as we crossed the line 3 times: Gerry Pederson dotted down but was driven back before the referee had a chance to keep up with play; Dan Searle fell short of the line and reached to place the ball which was adjudged to be a double-movement by the referee however our efforts were soon rewarded when Ryan Massyn crossed the whitewash.
A scything counter-attack from the Kuils River backs late in the game, which had to be admired, sealed our fate but the boys need not be too disappointed. A few tactical errors cost us against a side which thrives on the opposition’s mistakes, something which we are experiencing more and more in SLB. The positives are that we managed to level the 2nd Half 5-5 after going down by 17 points in the 1st Half. The chaps can and have taken solace in the fact that they were not outplayed by the opposition and were for the most part the better side. We know where our weaknesses lie and that can only bode well for the remainder of the season.
Tries: R. Massyn