Dungbeetles trounce Bulls

Busselton Dunsborough Times

The Busselton-Dunsborough Dungbeetles got their season back on track after a convincing win against the Bunbury Bulls in Busselton on Saturday afternoon.

With perfect weather for running rugby, the vocal and parochial crowd was treated to a dominant display by the Dungbeetles, who are aiming for back-to-back premierships.

From the opening kick-off, the Dungbeetles looked in complete control, with Dylan Benniston making a huge run on the Bulls’ flank, setting up Drew Joines for a try out wide in the third minute.

While captain Liam Avery has been working on his place-kicking throughout the pre-season, his first conversion attempt was waved away.

Half-back Brendan Thomson was in control at the base of the ruck and his pinpoint passing had the Dungbeetles back line continually breaching the advantage line, creating havoc with the Bulls’ defence. In the 12th minute the Bulls’ defensive pattern was torn apart, with Joines scoring again close to the posts and Avery adding the extras.

As the penalty count rose, it was a close-range shot which extended the Dungbeetles’ lead through the boot of Avery. The second half opened with potentially the quickest try after a restart in history.

The Bulls were unable to gather possession after the kick-off and Pablo Colombino was able to sniff his way to the line with excellent speed and footwork.

This appeared to awaken the Bulls, who began to dominate the scrum, with Durban import Matthew Smith managing Bunbury’s front row to good effect.

Busselton-Dunsborough’s back row worked tirelessly around the ground securing good ball for the backs. Another try, close to the end of play gave the Dungbeetles a 32-0 victory.

The Dungbeetles have two weeks off before heading to Bunbury to face the Bulls in the return fixture.

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