It was the area coach Jason Waerea had specified they needed to improve, and Gunnedah’s ill discipline came back to bite them at Moree on Saturday.
Leading 7-5 at half-time, the turning point came for the Red Devils when Isaac Scholes was sin-binned, with the Bulls putting on 17 points while he was off the field.
“We’d played good footy up until then but didn’t endure that 10 minutes too well,” Waerea said.
“Their flyers on the outside punched holes.”
From there they couldn’t get the momentum back as the Bulls went on to take the win 33-14.
Waerea had felt heading into half-time like the Bulls “were about to crack”.
Gunnedah had thrown a lot at them in the first half.
“We held the ball for a lot of phases but they defended well,” Waerea said.
Number eight Sanimo Navatu, breakaway Will Archer and skipper Jamie Mitchell, slotting back into five-eighth in the absence of Joe Norman, were the Red Devils’ best.