Dungbeetles down Gropers

Busselton Dunsborough Times
Pablo Colombio wins a line out for the Dungbeetles
Camera IconPablo Colombio wins a line out for the Dungbeetles Credit: Andy Dries

The Dunsbrough-Busselton Dungbeetles Rugby Club have got off to a roaring start with their first home win, defeating arch rivals Margaret River 36-21 at Barnard Park on Sunday.

The Dungbeetles now move to 3-0 after passing their sternest test of the season getting their first win against a strong Margaret River Gropers side since the 2017 grand final.

The inclusion of Dunsborough-Busselton centres Eamonn O’Cuirc and Drew Joines bolstered their team’s hopes before the game.

Early in the first half the Dungbeetles found it hard to crack the resolute Margaret River defence before a moment of magic from Pablo Colombio resulted in a cross-field run and overhead pass to O’Cuirc who strode in untouched under the posts.

Margaret River then got one back after a good attacking sequence before Dunsborough-Busselton scored a great long-range try through the flying Fijian Donny Elliot.

The Gropers again struck back with a good try in the corner before a Dan Dewal penalty goal brought an end to the first half with the score 24-10.

A strong start from the Gropers and some timid defence from the Dungbeetles resulted in a penalty try to make the score 24-17.

Another great outside-the-box play from Colombio ended with a Chris Temple try to extend the lead to 31-17.

Margaret River then suffered an injury and sin-binning and an unforgiving Dungbeetles side took advantage with Liam Avery racking up a try.

The Gropers scored a late consolation try on the stroke of full time to make the scoreline more respectable.

The Dungbeetles’ next home game is Saturday, May 25, against the Bulls at Barnard Park, kick-off at 2pm.

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