Un­der­dogs crush Bar­bar­ians in stun­ning up­set

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

UP­SET of the sea­son.

There is sim­ply no other way to de­scribe Isis Crush­ers’ 21-19 win over Bar­bar­ians in the Spring Cup.

Isis had a full con­tin­gent of 23 troops for the game, a far cry from the 13 or so they ended with in last week’s 77-0 de­struc­tion at the hands of Tur­tles.

But even with a full squad avail­able, there were many peo­ple who ex­pected the un­de­feated premier­ship favourite Bar­bar­ians to crush Isis.

Even Nostradamus was spot­ted slip­ping a lazy 50 on Bar­bar­ians.

No­body gave the Isis boys a copy of the script, and the Crush­ers played like it: their set play was spot on, their line speed was vastly im­proved and their scrums and line-outs ben­e­fited from the ex­tra prac­tice at train­ing.

Com­pe­ti­tion at the break­down im­proved out of sight, and the ever-de­vel­op­ing com­bi­na­tions led to much greater ball con­trol.

Boosted by a hand­ful of Welsh and English back­pack­ers who wanted noth­ing more than to serve another Aus­tralian side a loss, the Crush­ers were able to utilise a full bench and ac­tu­ally field re­place­ments when play­ers were struck by in­jury.

The backs clicked into the gear and hit the de­fence with a new­found pur­pose, and in the process man­aged to rat­tle the side that is ar­guably the com­pe­ti­tion’s bench­mark.

Isis Crush­ers know they can not af­ford to rest on their lau­rels, and will be keen to have the com­mu­nity’s full support when they take on Wests Fal­cons at Childers Show­ground on Satur­day.

The Fal­cons were routed 63-5 by Tur­tles last week and the Crush­ers will look to main­tain pres­sure on the bat­tlers.

Tur­tles and Bar­bar­ians face off in a top-of-the-ta­ble clash to kick the night of rugby off at 5pm, with Crush­ers and Fal­cons sched­uled at 6.30pm.

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