THE Gunditjmara Bulls head into its first bye full of confidence and with an unbeaten record to start the Limestone Coast Rugby League season.
The Bulls were too strong in the end for their cross-town rivals the Warrnambool Raiders to run away 36-26 victors at neutral turf in Nangwarry, South Australia on Saturday.
With coach Renato Da Ros absent the top-of-the-table Bulls started in slow fashion with repeated errors seeing the Raiders take an early one-try lead.
Once Gunditjmara gained its composure, and stuck to a basic game plan, they found themselves back at the right end of the field.
With a slick inside ball from Beau Arnold, Malaki Tunumafono was able to charge his way over the line. With the conversation, the scores were level.
This definitely settled the nerves and gaps and space were starting to open up. Bulls captain Bernie Sinnott added another thanks to a 70-metre run.
The Bulls now had momentum and soon after Inoke Ratu was able to add another try out wide after some great build-up work.
The Raiders were not done yet and were able to add another try just before half-time, which then had the Bulls going into the break leading 16-10. Soon after the restart Warrnambool leveled the game.
After a settler penalty goal from Arnold, once again the cracks were starting to open up in the Raiders defensive line Blake Rudland-Castles was able to add to the scoreboard twice. The Raiders did come back, but it wasn’t going to be there day with Jayden Millet putting the icing on the cake for the Bulls on the final siren.