Tur­tles on top af­ter win over the Fal­cons

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By SHANE JONES SPORTS RE­PORTER

A HAT-TRICK to Con­nor Jones has kept the Tur­tles at the top of the lad­der af­ter they recorded a 47-point win over the Waves Fal­cons in the Spring Cup on Fri­day night.

Play­ing at the ATW grounds, the Tur­tles ran in eight tries to one to record their sixth straight vic­tory in the com­pe­ti­tion.

In fact, in­clud­ing their draw against the Pythons in round four, they have not lost since their sec­ond round clash against Isis all the way back in Oc­to­ber.

This time against the bot­tom team of the com­pe­ti­tion they se­cured the win with three tries to Jones and a fur­ther two to Josh Tanna.

De­spite los­ing their 10th game of the sea­son and fall­ing out of con­tention for the fi­nals, the Fal­cons took pos­i­tives from the game.

Af­ter los­ing by 100 points to the Pythons the previous week the fo­cus for the team was to bounce back and pro­vide a strong per­for­mance against the top team in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Fal­cons player Nathan Free­man said the team did that.

“The aim for the team was to play bet­ter than the week be­fore,” he said.

“We were able to do that and also score which was another of our goals.”

Talk­ing about the previous week’s per­for­mance against the Pythons, Free­man said the blow-out was down to the lack of ex­pe­ri­ence in the squad.

“I wouldn’t say it was player num­bers but more to do with ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

“A lot of our play­ers don’t have ex­pe­ri­ence in the game and that is what costs us in the matches.”

Free­man also quickly quashed the no­tion his team was poorer be­cause of the added team in the com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son.

“We per­son­ally haven’t been im­pacted by the new team as we’ve had a full-strength team for most games,” he said.

“Un­for­tu­nately it has just been our year of re­build­ing and get­ting a team stronger for next sea­son.

“If any­thing the strength of the Pythons has im­proved the com­pe­ti­tion which can only be good in the long term.”

He added the aim in the fi­nal few rounds was to play well and fo­cus on the next sea­son.

“Our fo­cus is al­ways on giv­ing back to play­ers,” he said.

“With our ju­niors also play­ing for our se­niors we are con­fi­dent of keep­ing most of our squad for next sea­son.”

They will now have a bye with the Tur­tles aim­ing for another win against the in-form Pythons on Fri­day night.

Fal­cons player Nathan Free­man Un­for­tu­nately it has just been our year of re­build­ing and get­ting a team stronger for next sea­son

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT

RUGBY UNION: Tur­tles player Luke Cum­mins dur­ing the match against the Fal­cons.

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