Charlie backs Bulldogs to end ‘crazy’ run of near misses
"WE'RE doing good. It's just crazy out there.''
Given West End has lost three of its first four games by a combined total of just eight points, it's easy to understand why vice-captain Charlie Kaipati would think that.
"We stick to the game plan and then we don't,'' he said.
"The boys are still new to each other, still trying to get a bond.''
But after the Bulldogs' latest 30-26 defeat, the West End forward is also right in suggesting a run of victories is not far off.
"Definitely. We've just got to keep our head up and keep moving forward,'' he said.
West End held a 26-24 advantage in their round four Rugby League Ipswich Volunteers Cup clash before their Toowoomba opponents had the final say with a late try out wide.
The match was a seesawing affair with Valleys up 18-16 and both teams looking capable of getting the job done.
A try double by West End centre Daniel West-Pes provided impetus for the Bulldogs to take charge.
West End's powerful forward pack also got physical in the second half to give them every chance of victory.
However, some wayward conversion attempts and a hat-trick of tries by fleet-footed Valleys player Josh Chappell ultimately proved the difference between the sides.
"We keep playing like we are behind,'' Kaipati said.
"Valleys are a real good side. They're tough.''
West End junior Kaipati has played in all four games this season.
"I love it,'' he said keen to see the Bulldogs find their best form.
"This year will probably be one of my best years.''
With such a large Bulldogs squad this season, coach Jae Woodward has been making regular changes to his side.
"We have 45-50 people so it's real hard to pick a team each week,'' Kaipati said.
"Jae just said to hang in tough and keep our head up and work on the little things.''
The Bulldogs combination features some powerful footballers including giant Lisite Hafoka.
"He's a good player,'' the vice-captain said hoping he can get more ball to carry forward in future games.
Debutant's hat-trick as Norths hit back
In the final game of the round, Norths Tigers secured their second victory with a 34-18 success over Toowoomba Souths.
Norths scored three late tries after the teams were deadlocked 18-18 at halftime.
They included one from player of the match Nava Fesolai. He started a length of the field team try with debutant Ty Humphreys scoring his third try to finish Nava's initial break.
Fesolai's yardage proved difficult for Souths to contain.
The important win ensured Norths retained a top three spot after four matches.
Competition leaders Goodna remained unbeaten earlier in the day with a 44-28 win over Gatton.
Goodna had eight different tryscorers, coming from 12-0 down to show their class.
STATE OF PLAY
RLI Volunteers Cup Rd 4: Goodna 44 (Mika Iakopo, John Schwalger, Liva Toelupe, Trivendra Naidu, Elone Taufa, Fa'ata'ape Timai, David Iopu, Tommy Sau tries; Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga 6 goals) defeated Gatton 28 (Brandon Clarke 2, Shannon Hicks, Lachlan Gorman, Tyson White tries; Dylan Flanagan 4 goals).
Valleys 30 (Josh Chappell 3, Junior Chong-Nee, Jordan Drew tries; Dwayne Duncan 5 goals) def West End 26 (Daniel West-Pes 2, Maxwell Fesola, Faatupu Lisati, Classie Oti, Aiden Boyce tries; Regan Wilde, Israel Oti goals).
Norths 34 (Ty Humphries 3, Luke Self, Jon Plumb, Tonga Mounga tries; Tonga Mounga 4, Luke Self goals) defeated Souths 18 (Jaren Bender, Ethan Hearn, Braydon Wilson, Blake Lollback tries; Matt Duggan goal).
Ladder: Goodna 8, Valleys 6, Norths 4, West End 2, Souths 2, Gatton 2.
RLI Volunteers Cup Rd 5 matches at North Ipswich Reserve next Saturday
1.30pm: Goodna v Souths
3.30pm: Valleys v Gatton
5.30pm: West End v Norths