Opening game of the ASEAN Super League was played in unseasonably hot and humid conditions at KMUTT Stadium, Ladkrabang as the Bangkok Bulldogs hosted the Broncos from Banglamung which is a district of the neighbouring Chon Buri province.
A much bigger Broncos pack dominated the early exchanges but a tenacious Bulldog side countered the visitors every time they looked set to kick away.
Two quick fire tries from Broncos centre N. Woorapang were answered in kind by a long range try to Dogs rival Kunjatinun Keawpaolup
With big mobile forwards like “Nam” Simsree leading the Broncos midfield stampede only last ditch Blue and White scramble defence halted a likely kick away
Despite giving away obvious field position the Bulldogs kept in the hunt and just before the break utility forward Santisuk Leepo levelled the score at 18-all
The Banglamung Boys looked likely to tire against a hot afternoon wind but Bangkok failed to utilise the conditions to their advantage.
The Broncos kicked 12 points clear midway through the second half but a second touch down to bulldogs centre Kunjatinun Keawpaolup bought the scores to 30-24.
As the home side looked to be getting on top a try to the fatiguing Broncos against the run of play eventually broke the Bulldog’s resolve and a late try to the out of towners saw a final score line of 32-24.
Banglamung Broncos 42 defeated
Tries: Charayut 2, Weerapong 2, Bunchengchai, Eakkhanut, Juttusong; Goals: Woorachart 5, Charayut 2
Bangkok City Bulldogs 24
Tries: Kunjatinun 2, Santisuk, Chutichai; Goals: Piyanach 3 Santisuk
Referee Rodney Joyce.