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Grey Lynn park, and the Richmond Bulldogs took on the Bay Roskill Vikings in round 5 of the Mad Butcher Fox Memorial Grading Round.
The Vikings had been promoted up from Phelan Shield at the finish of last season and the Bulldogs are hardened Fox veterans. That was pretty much the way the game played out with the home side winning 38/10.
A few sloppy sets to begin before the Bulldogs took first blood through stand-off, John Naera. A long passage of play with poor ball control from both sides and then three repeat sets on the Bulldogs line. Their defence was good though at the twenty minute mark, big front rower, Eu Su'a, crashed over for the second Richmond try. The Bulldogs then took complete control of the game.
Richmond centre, Mike Talepa, went in off a brilliant break away run by winger Malo Solomona. 14/0 and they are in charge. A try each to Leon Panapa and Delane Mackie took the score at the break to 26/0.
Bay Roskill were throwing everything at the home side, but were simply unable to break through. Richmond had to be confident heading into the second half.
Sure enough, out they came and nippy young winger, Malo Solomona, who had been playing super footy, went in. Bay Roskill finally posted a try, converted, 32/6. Tyne Daniels, Bulldogs number 5, scored off a lovely jinking run from stand-off, Naera. The Vikings scored a late consolation and it was over at 38/10.