The Wallamba Bulls travelled to Gloucester in the opening game of round 11 of the Lower Mid North Coast Rugby Union competition where they played a vastly improved Gloucester Cockies.
Both teams had much to play for, with the Bulls looking to strike back after their first defeat of the 2017 season in their last game against the Dolphins.
Meanwhile, the Cockies celebrated not only the importance of the ladies in Rugby with The Cockies Ladies Day but also an important milestone in the history of the club when Dennis “Myrtle” Walmsley took to the field for his 400th game for the club.
From the kickoff, The Bulls looked a little unsettled with some unforced errors and mishandling having the potential to unsettle their game plan.
By contrast, the Cockies were confident and a much improved side from the team that met the Bulls in the first two rounds.
The Bulls quickly regained their composure on the paddock and in the first 10 minutes the Bulls Luke Griffis crossed the Cockies line to open the scoring for the Bulls.
Luke was quickly followed by Dan Aldridge crossing for two tries and Daniel Hessing for one.
In the second half, the Bulls were able to add to their points tally with Paul De Szell carving out a handy try to cement the Bulls position in the game.
At the final whistle the Bulls defeated The Cockies 36-0.
Whilst not accurately reflected in the final score, the Cockies, who have previously lost to the Bulls 90-0 and 82-7, demonstrated a significant improvement in their game, fitness and execution in holding the Bulls to a score almost two thirds lower than at any other time this season.
The Cockies improvement has been embraced by their supporters with a solid crowd turning out to support both the Cockies and the Bulls.
In other results in the Lower Mid North Coast Competition, Myall Coast Mud Crabs def Old Bar Clams 56-7 and Forster Tuncurry Dolphins def Manning River Ratz 31-0.
Next weekend, the Bulls host Old Bar at The Bull Pen in Nabiac (Aub Ferris Oval) at 3pm on Saturday 8 July 2017 in a change from the planned night match due to scheduling conflicts.
The Manning River Ratz will host the Gloucester Cockies and The Myall Coast Mud Crabs will host the Forster Tuncurry Dolphins at Tea Gardens.
Finally, congratulations to Dennis “Myrtle” Walmsley on his outstanding achievement of 400 games for Gloucester Cockies.