Bulimba too good for injury-struck Redlands
Bulimba Bulldogs had too much class for a brave and committed Redlands Parakeets at the Balmoral Recreation Ground on Saturday, running out 44-10 winners.
This result takes nothing away from a Redlands side that played the majority of the match with only 11 men - and as such, they couldn't stop the home side from running out to an eight-tries-to-two victory in their Open 1 Southside clash.
After a softening up period in the first 10 minutes, Bulimba drew first blood courtesy of centre Bryce Richards who spotted an overlap on the blindside to crash in for an easy try.
Moments later, the underrated Jarrod Joinbee would slice his way through some tired Parakeets defence to increase the lead to 10-0.
With the Bulldogs knocking on from the restart, Redlands bookend Brock Richardson had the visitors on the board in the 32nd minute as he strolled over for the Parakeets first try.
Redlands nearly scored again before the break, however, the Bulldogs held their line for four consecutive sets of six to go into the break leading 16-6.
With the Redlands side resembling a hospital ward on the sidelines, 13 men eventually became 11 as a glut of injuries added to the visitor's woes.
Halfback Adam Ogden and powerhouse second rower and captain Aaron Brown eventually got the Bulldogs firing and within two minutes of the second stanza Jamie Wetton touched down in the corner.
The Parakeets, led by the indestructible Lucas McIntyre and five eighth Daniel Smith, rose to the occasion and returned serve with a cracker try themselves, this time with Darcy McCormack wrong footing his opposite to score.
Redlands never ran out of enthusiasm, but they soon discovered that they were no match for a Bulldogs side on home soil for Old Boys day, as they conceded another try, this time to warhorse Dan Waterson.
Captain courageous Brown was well deserving of Bulimba's next try with a powerful run up the middle to cross beside the sticks increasing the score to 38-10.
Even with Redlands down two players, they fought right to the death.
However, the Bulldogs who are near unbeatable at "The Kennel" (as it is 'affectionately' known), had the last say with Wetton collecting a double right on the bell.
* Mike Simpson is the Rugby League Brisbane correspondent for the QRL.