Underdogs crush Barbarians in stunning upset
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.