Bulldogs proving best upset team
WEST End has continued its impersonation of a see-saw with a 28-16 upset of Brothers at Basin Pocket.
They have gone from the low of having 60 points put on them to the high of beating the competition leaders in a week.
It goes to prove how wide open this season's IRL A grade competition is.
"The boys finally clicked," was Bulldogs coach Randall Wilson's take on his team's return to form.
"Last week we didn't turn up."
It was a marked contrast to the previous week, when they went down 62-6 against a Fassifern team that hadn't previously won a game.
The form reversal was admirable given West End is still without captain Brook Alofipo and five-eighth Fili Notoa, as well as suspended pair Lionel Foote and Shane Gibson.
On top of that Wilson had to contend with two players pulling out on match eve.
Wilson had his props Christmas Fuiavailili and Victor Hunt for leading his team to victory.
"The forwards finally did their job," the coach said.
"They were running straight near the ruck. In previous weeks they've been running sideways."
Andrew Walker's kicking game was the other main factor in keeping Brothers down, according to the coach.
In the weekend's other A grade match, Fassifern made it two wins for the season with a 36-24 win over Goodna at Goodna.