Turtles hit top gear
THE Turtles believe they are the best team in the Spring Cup competition heading into the final round before the mid-season break.
After defeating Isis 22-14 on Friday night for their third win in a row it is hard to argue against them.
Running in four tries to two the Turtles could exact revenge for their Round 2 loss to the same team.
They didn’t have it all their own way though as they had to survive the last 10 minutes with just 14 players.
Up 17-14 the Turtles had Robert McKeown sin-binned as Isis tried to win the game.
The Turtles defence was able to hold on and seal the win with Jake Carl’s second try of the match.
“This was Carl’s first match for us as he had work commitments,” said coach Luke McCloskey.
“The kid can certainly play a bit and that was highlighted by his two tries,” McCloskey said.
He added it was a team effort to defeat Isis.
“Our forward pack was strong and did the job well against the Crushers,” he said.
“Matt Templeman and Josh Tanna also played well for us.”
McCloskey said his side was building on being successful later in the season.
“A premiership is not won in the first week of the competition,” he said.
“We want a team who can play 80 minutes and are competitive when the finals come around.”
He said the team still needed to focus on a couple of areas.
“Our ball handling at times wasn’t ideal,” he said.
“It was also disappointing to concede the tries against Isis as well.”
The focus for the team will now be on finishing 2015 well against the Falcons next week.
“I watched them (Falcons) before our match and they looked a completely different outfit,” McCloskey said.
“They’ve found some players and it will be an interesting week figuring out how to beat them,” he said.
Like all sides in the final week the Turtles want to end the year with a win.
“Our aim is to make it to the top at some stage before the finals,” he said.
“At the moment though we are after wins and ending 2015 on a high.”
The loss is sour end to 2015 for Isis because they have the bye next week.