Crush­ers go close but fall in fi­nal minute

Tur­tles use missed tackle for crush­ing match-win­ning run to the try­line

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

IS THERE any­thing more heart­break­ing than con­ced­ing a try in the fi­nal minute to lose?

As much as they have prob­a­bly tried to for­get and don’t ap­pre­ci­ate the re­minder, Isis Crush­ers were on the verge of a sur­prise vic­tory over Spring Cup heavy­weights Tur­tles in front of their home fans on Satur­day night.

A penalty to Kale Hen­dle al­lowed the Crush­ers some breath­ing room in the dy­ing mo­ments.

But like the cham­pion team they are, Tur­tles got up from the can­vas, dusted them­selves off and landed a knock­out blow to break the hearts and spir­its of Isis.

All it took was a missed tackle on the left edge, with Tur­tles ex­ploit­ing the speed and agility of their out­side backs to weave their way down­field for the match-win­ner.

De­spite the re­sult, the Crush­ers should count this game as a win as they put to­gether ar­guably their most com­plete per­for­mance of the sea­son.

Guar­an­teed a fi­nals spot, Crush­ers were led by a hun­gry tight five who put in an awe­some dis­play of power.

Their pres­sure was re­lent­less, as the for­wards, led by ex­plo­sive prop and two-try hero Toni Fisi­lau, worked to en­sure Tur­tles couldn’t find me­tres up the mid­dle.

But like ev­ery top-qual­ity team should, Tur­tles found a way to rise to the chal­lenge.

They al­tered their game plan, opt­ing to go around the Crush­ers’ smaller out­side backs than con­tinue to get pum­melled up the cen­tre.

The Bri­tish and Welsh con­tin­gent were late with­drawals, leav­ing the Isis side to chop and change their line-up.

Andy Golchert and Hen­dle were thrown the task of lead­ing the side around the park, and did so ad­mirably.

Hen­dle kept the op­po­si­tion guess­ing and had a solid kick­ing game, while Golchert’s strength was re­warded with a five-pointer.

Fear­less full­back Ja­cob Klaassen starred at the back, putting his body on the line to snuff out Tur­tles’ at­tack when they looked to cap­i­talise.

In­juries took their toll as the game con­tin­ued, but the Crush­ers are con­fi­dent of putting in a sim­i­larly strong per­for­mance against Bar­bar­ians this week.

Bar­bar­ians, who de­feated Waves Fal­cons 37–20 in the ear­lier game, are the clear lead­ers of the com­pe­ti­tion, and will look to con­tinue their bril­liant form into the fi­nals.

The Isis Crush­ers awards night will be held at the Fed­eral Tav­ern this Satur­day night.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

HEART­BREAK­ING GAME: Isis Crush­ers and Tur­tles pack down for a scrum dur­ing their Spring Cup game at Childers Show­ground.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

Toni Fisi­lau put in a huge game for the Crush­ers.

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