Bulldogs back on table top!
PUBLISHED: 18:11 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 12:55 11 August 2010
Bulldogs 74 Northampton 10 AFTER two weeks of tough rugby, it was back to normality on Saturday for the Bulldogs as they swept aside Northampton to return to the top of the National Conference East. The victory certainly pleased coach Kevin Reith: I thi
Bulldogs 74 Northampton 10
AFTER two weeks of tough rugby, it was back to normality on Saturday for the Bulldogs as they swept aside Northampton to return to the top of the National Conference East.
The victory certainly pleased coach Kevin Reith: "I think we would have settled for being top at the halfway stage in the league," he beamed.
"In the first half we were too quick to blame the referee for our mistakes that were costing us penalties, but I think we looked a lot better in the second half and we played some good stuff and scored some excellent tries."
The Dagenham-based outfit were given an early shock when they conceded three penalties in as many minutes to allow Northampton to nip in for a try and give themselves a 6-0 advantage.
But that simply spurred the Bulldogs into action and by half time they had established a 32-6 lead, thanks to two tries apiece from skipper Ray Luggeri and winger Alex Deacon, as well as further touchdowns by Aussie Richard Griffiths, and centre Adam Duffy.
The clearly struggling Northampton side battled gamely after the break, but they were simply no match for the speedier, fitter Bulldogs and the points piled up relentlessly.
Man of the match Francis Ambrose, Paul Jabbour, Graham Bailey and Jack Bryan all got on the scoresheet, while Deacon as well as Duffy completed their hat-tricks and Griffiths grabbed his second to push the Bulldogs over the 70-point mark with the visitors grabbing one consolation try along the way.
This Saturday should see tougher opposition at Gale Road when Colchester are the visitors for another league game, kick off 2.30pm.