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Frillies come out on top

UNION: St George and Cunnamulla went head to head on the weekend for the first time in 20 years.
UNION: St George and Cunnamulla went head to head on the weekend for the first time in 20 years. Brett Nosse

RUGBY UNION The Frillies wound back the clock on Saturday with the revival of an old rivalry against the might of the Cunnamulla Dingoes outfit.

The preseason trial game was conceived over a few Milton mangoes and followed by a couple of King browns and the idea of forming a two game series as a warmup series for the Frillies's Darling Downs B grade season.

Cunnamulla really put on a show after months of publicity and much hype with both Laurie Bateman and Jesse Moody very much involved in anyway possible to promote the spectacle.

The stories of 40+ men to training at Cunnamulla started to filter into the Frillnecks lounge and the boys knew they where in for a tough test of the west.

With the day reaching 43c and a few players missing due to work and social gatherings, a proud bus of 16 players plus support staff entered the cauldron of 'John Kerr Park'.

With the growing crowd came the kickoff whistle and as predicted the Dingoes boys were certainly fired up and took an early lead through a well work backline move and a powerful try to a pick and drive from the forwards.

The contest at the breakdown was ferocious with many of the cully boys tipping well over the tonne and not afraid to use their size to blunt the Frillies attacking raids.

Sustained ruck n maul pressure saw St Georges first try eventuate after Cunnamulla changed nearly their whole starting side.

A few old faces from the Frillnecks (now playing for the Dingoes) started to get their tails pointing skyward with the thought of an upset win but the lack of training in past seasons really showed through, with fitness playing a big role in the Frillies comeback.

Nick Dunsdon was the master of the Dingoes team steering them around the field with clever slights of hand and a direct kicking game from the flyhalf, who looked like the number 2 jersey would be more appropriately fitting after a solid preseason.

But an unfortunate leg twist to the 10 left the dingoes rudderless and the Frillies jumped at the opportunity to work their way into the lead with a few great try's out wide and a solid showing of defence to hold out the Dingoes attack.

Although the Frillnecks came away victors with a 29-22 score line, the real winners of the day was bush footy with the Cunnamulla Dingoes playing their first game in nearly 23 years and St George gladly helping to make it happen.

A huge thankyou must go to Cunnamulla and its players for putting on a great show and for the Frillies for providing the opposition, but the biggest thankyou is saved especially for Laurie Bateman, Jesse Moody and Ben Gardiner who's effort and dedication was pinnacle to the days success.

The Frillies and Dingoes will be playing another trial game on the 11th of March at Rowden Park and a huge crowd is expected to turn up and cheers the boys on no matter who wins.


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