Tur­tles hit top gear

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

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.

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