Crushers go close but fall in final minute
Turtles use missed tackle for crushing match-winning run to the tryline
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.
HEARTBREAKING GAME: Isis Crushers and Turtles pack down for a scrum during their Spring Cup game at Childers Showground.
Toni Fisilau put in a huge game for the Crushers.