Ea­gles swoop War­riors in close game

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Eidsvold Ea­gles de­feated Biggen­den War­riors 38-30 in a nail-bit­ing per­for­mance at the week­end.

Eidsvold Ea­gles coach Dar­ryl Blucher said he was very im­pressed with his team’s win.

“We did bril­liant, the boys did very well, us older fel­las came in and gave the younger play­ers a hand and showed them the way,” Blucher said.

“Biggen­den played a very beau­ti­ful game, there was no muck­ing around, no nasty stuff like you usu­ally see in a foot­ball game.

“Over­all it was just a great game, it was awe­some.”

Blucher said the im­prove­ment from Biggen­den was ev­i­dent.

“They’ve im­proved lots, from the round robin we played to now, it’s just an awe­some team,” Blucher said.

“They came to­gether well and have new play­ers which is good to see.”

De­spite the team’s win, Blucher said there was still some im­prove­ment left to go.

“We’ll im­prove on ball han­dling and fit­ness, that’s all we re­ally need,” Blucher said.

Biggen­den im­proved “in patches”, ac­cord­ing to coach Steve Jack­son.

“They had their mo­ments, I haven’t found the right switch to turn them on from the word go,” Jack­son said.

“So once they work on the bugs, you know, they’ll start straight away, we’ll do bet­ter.”

“It’s our first year, in cer­tain parts we’ve im­proved and in other ar­eas we’re just lack­ing a lit­tle bit.”

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is one of the big­gest prob­lems so far.

“The abil­ity to talk to each other and de­fence is a few of the things we’ll be work­ing on in train­ing,” Jack­son said.

“I’m pretty well stoked, it’s still our first year and you can’t re­ally fal­ter.”

❝ I’m pretty well stoked, it’s still our first year and you can’t re­ally fal­ter. — Steve Jack­son, Biggen­den

PHOTO: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

PRAC­TIS­ING: Eidsvold Ea­gles play­ers pre­pare for the match against Biggen­den War­riors at the week­end.

The Biggen­den play­ers com­ing off the field.

The Biggen­den War­riors play­ers watch­ing their team play at the week­end.

Lind­say Collins, Jef­fer­son Skin­ner, Nathan Brad­den watch the game un­fold.

The War­riors pre­par­ing for the sec­ond half of footy.

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