The Dungog Warriors 2012 season woes have continued with the side suffering a 46 to 12 belting by Dora Creek at Dora Creek on Saturday.
Without five of their regular forwards, the warriors were no match for the physical Dora Creek outfit, who tore through the Dungog defence almost at will in the nine tries to two shellacking.
Dungog failed to match Dora Creek’s intensity from the kick off and before the echo had subsided form the referees opening whistle, Dora Creek had scored two quick tries for a 10-nil lead.
Dora Creek’s next two tries both came from kicks.
The first from Dungog, when at almost point blank range the ball landed almost straight into their centre’s hands who raced 60 metres to score.
The second was from an early Dora Creek kick in the tackle count which was regathered and the try scored to keep the scoreboard on track with the stopwatch at 20 to nil.
Jayden Gooch and Callum Hooke Dungog showed glimpses of what they are capable of when they controlled the football when a backline movement ended with Hamish Evans crashing over in the corner for their first try.
Lee Nevin converted from near the sideline to reduce the deficit to 14 points.
An error from the following set allowed Dora Creek to go back on the attack and post another easy try.
Dungog had a chance to add to the score line just before half time when Jake Clifton got across the line only to have the ball dislodged as he was in the process of scoring. A penalty from the ensuring tap put Dora Creek inside Dungog’s half and the Warriors fragile defence was unable to hold them out with the half time siren sounding in the background they scored to lead 28 to six at the break.
The second half continued from where the first had ended with Dora Creek scoring in the opening minutes, bursting through the non existent Dungog defence.
To the Warriors credit they kept on trying against their, at times spiteful, opponents and were rewarded when Dave Taylor and Lee Nevin combined with a kick and regather which saw Nevin score a converted try.
A further two more Dora Creek tries moved the brought the score to its finale at 46 to 12.
While Saturdays performance was clearly Dungog’s worst for the season, with some work on defence and the return of some key players the season first victory pending regrades, against the equally struggling Swansea is a definite possibility this Sunday. For the Warriors Fletcher Celand, John Ward and Sam Collison tried hard in the forwards, whilst Lee Nevin, Hamish Evans, Mark Blandford and Dave Taylor had their moments in the backs.
This week Dungog is at home to Swansea on Sunday with kick off at 2:30pm.
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