Turtles on top after win over the Falcons
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
RUGBY UNION: Turtles player Luke Cummins during the match against the Falcons.