Ref­er­ees cop an ear­ful in tense clash

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

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Gayn­dah Gla­di­a­tors have con­tin­ued their un­de­feated sea­son, with a thrash­ing against the strug­gling Eidsvold Ea­gles at the week­end.

The game was marred by abuse to the ref­er­ees that al­most ended the match early as some calls left Ea­gles fans dis­ap­pointed.

Eidsvold Ea­gles coach Dar­ryl Blucher said the be­hav­iour was not ac­cepted and warned the men in­volved.

“It was just drunken be­hav­iour but you ex­pect some abuse at ev­ery game, even at top rugby league matches you get that,” Blucher said.

“The refs should just shrug it off and ig­nore the com­ments from the side­line but they al­most had to can­cel the game due to it tak­ing place.

“We told those in­volved to keep it down and that the be­hav­iour wasn’t ac­cept­able and it helped qui­eten it down, but peo­ple are pas­sion­ate and just love their footy.”

Blucher said de­spite the heck­ling from the spec­ta­tors, his team lapsed a lot from pre­vi­ous games.

“We re­ally need to work on our de­fence af­ter the loss to the Gla­di­a­tors,” he said.

“We need to talk more on the field and to com­mu­ni­cate as a team as we didn’t play well at all.”

The team was dis­or­gan­ised as play­ers didn’t show up to train­ing due to work com­mit­ments.

“The play­ers need to do some more ball work and or­gan­i­sa­tion, like who’s run­ning where, you can tell them be­fore­hand but on the field, they are very dis­or­gan­ised,” Blucher said.

“A lot of play­ers were in Mur­gon and only got back on Fri­day so they couldn’t at­tend train­ing which prob­a­bly let us down.

“On Thurs­day we were told it was a dou­ble header in Eidsvold so I think we did pretty well con­sid­er­ing we only had a few days no­tice, the ones at the bar and can­teen did a great job.”

The Eidsvold Ea­gles will take on the Biggen­den War­riors this week­end and hope they can pull off a win.

“It’d be nice to win against the War­riors, but we need to at­tend train­ing and work on ball con­trol, de­fence and at­tack­ing,” Blucher said.

Gla­di­a­tors coach Rob Lins­kett said he gave credit to the Ea­gles team for not giv­ing up.

“Our de­fence this sea­son has been re­ally good and I’m proud of the team but huge credit has to go to the Ea­gles for not giv­ing up,” he said.

“Our ball con­trol is good.”

PHOTOS: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

DOM­I­NANT: Gayn­dah’s Stu­art Kirk af­ter scor­ing a try against the Ea­gles.

An Ea­gles player scores a try.

Stu­art Kirk scores a try.

An Ea­gles player dodges some play­ers from the Gla­di­a­tors.

A Gla­di­a­tors player brought down by the Ea­gles team.

The Ea­gles hold off a Gla­di­a­tors player.

An Ea­gles play­ers tries his best to fend off the Gla­di­a­tors.

Gla­di­a­tors de­fence is too strong.

The Ea­gles out in num­bers tack­ling the Gla­di­a­tors.

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