Referees cop an earful in tense clash
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.”
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.