Tur­tles grab cup in early as­sault

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

IN THE span of 10 min­utes, the Spring Cup grand fi­nal was over.

Chas­ing their sixth straight ti­tle, the Tur­tles came out of the blocks with three tries in eight min­utes to stun a ner­vous Isis team.

In front of the largest crowd of the year, Isis got the per­fect start, as Tur­tles knocked the ball on in the first ex­change.

That was where it ended, as the next play saw full­back Matt Tem­ple­man open the scor­ing in lit­tle more than a minute.

A fur­ther two tries – in­clud­ing an­other one from Tem­ple­man – handed the Tur­tles a 19-0 lead and a tough task for Isis.

When the full­back crossed over for his hat-trick in what could be his last match be­fore re­tire­ment, the Tur­tles went into half-time with a 26-0 lead.

Two more tries made it a 40-point lead as Isis fought back with two tries of their own in the last 30 min­utes.

Un­for­tu­nately, the dam­age was al­ready done and the Tur­tles won 46-12.

Tur­tles cap­tain Bren­don McKe­own said the start was per­fect for the team.

“We thought if we don’t come out straight away they will get on top of us,” he said.

“We’ve got a lot of pow­er­ful backs and we knew if we mus­cled up in the for­wards a lit­tle bit we can spread it wide to our backs.”

He also praised Tem­ple­man, who was un­lucky not to get man of the match, which went to Robert McKe­own.

“He is a freak, that bloke,” he said of Tem­ple­man.

“He’s been talk­ing about re­tire­ment for two years. Hope­fully I will coach him back into it next year,” he said.

Coach Luke McCloskey agreed Tem­ple­man was a ma­jor part of the side but said he was proud of the whole team.

“We’ve been for­tu­nate in the last six grand fi­nals that the core group has stayed to­gether,” McCloskey said.

“It’s not about any­thing else, it is about the Tur­tle cul­ture and com­ing and hav­ing a go for your mate.”

McCloskey also had praise for Isis.

“They’ve been a fan­tas­tic team all year,” he said.

“We had to be on our game and as we al­ways say, we have to play for 80 min­utes to win.”

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT

RIGHT: RUGBY UNION: Isis player Kale Hew­dle.

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