Bar­bar­ians strike it lucky, end­ing Tur­tles’ win­ning run

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By SHANE JONES

THE dream run into the fi­nals for the Wests Bar­bar­ians has con­tin­ued af­ter end­ing the win­ning streak of the Bund­aberg Tur­tles with a 15-7 win at the Isis Show­grounds on Satur­day night.

In a short­ened match af­ter light­ning strikes in the re­gion, play was stopped af­ter 60 min­utes with the Bar­bar­ians in the lead.

As play was not re­sumed and a match can be de­cided af­ter half-time, the score of 15-7 stood to hand the Tur­tles their first loss since Oc­to­ber.

In a close con­test, the de­pleted Tur­tles out­fit held the lead for al­most 20 min­utes af­ter the Bar­bar­ians scored first.

With two late tries to end the first half – Dy­lan Arnot scor­ing a dou­ble – the Bar­bar­ians took the lead and held on un­til the weather in­ter­vened.

Bar­bar­ians coach Matt Leighton said the win built up the con­fi­dence in the squad.

“It was great to get away with a win against the Tur­tles,” he said.

“It gives us mo­men­tum as we head into the fi­nals.”

While con­ced­ing the Tur­tles were not at their best, Leighton said the vic­tory was still sig­nif­i­cant.

“You can only play the team that is in front of you,” he said.

“As we saw the weather start­ing to come down, our aim was to be in front, and it worked out per­fectly for us.”

But he said the team didn’t play at its best and was fo­cussing on play­ing bet­ter next week against the Fal­cons.

“We need to con­trol the ball bet­ter and will train in that area this week,” he said.

“We won’t be look­ing too far ahead and aim to play well against the Fal­cons.”

Tur­tles coach Luke McCloskey praised his team, which had just 12 play­ers on the field.

“It was an out­stand­ing ef­fort from the team, as we rested play­ers and had oth­ers out with in­jury or work,” he said.

“We knew we didn’t need the win so we were just happy not to get any in­juries.”

Hav­ing a bye this week, McCloskey added the team would now fo­cus on the fi­nals and praised the of­fi­cials for call­ing the game off at the right time.

In the other match, Isis beat Waves Fal­cons 45-5 in a short­ened 40-minute game.

Matt Leighton, Bar­bar­ians coach As we saw the weather start­ing to come down, our aim was to be in front, and it worked out per­fectly for us.

PHOTO: PAUL DON­ALD­SON

DARK CLOUDS: Daniel Depape throws in for the Bar­bar­ians mo­ments be­fore the game is called off at Isis Show­grounds.

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