Backline bolsters Barbarians’ chances
THE forward-dominated style of play Barbarians have been used to has come to an end in 2013 with the club enjoying a glut of riches in the backline, improving its chances of winning the Spring Cup.
With players coming from Aussie rules, football and rugby league to join union for Barbarians the talent the club has outside the fly-half is something to behold.
Barbarians will have to draw on all the raw skill the new players bring in the game against Turtles tonight at ATW Sports Complex.
Inspirational blindside-flanker James Courtice said he was feeling good but he knew the new players at the club would have to perform well if his team wanted to defeat the ladder leaders.
"We were looking good this week. It's the strongest side we had so far this season," Courtice said.
"Tim Jones was playing and Tom Harding is back as well.
"We have a young backline which has been good in attack, but they have also been good in defence and we would need that to beat Turtles with Matt Templeman and Quade McGrory coming back into their side."
Adding to Courtice's positive attitude was the addition of brothers Alex and Jack Dalton, who will be back in Bundaberg from university.
Alex is a talented utility and Jack a reserve hooker and both have proved inspirational when they have played in Barbarians colours.
In the other game, the winless Isis play Waves Falcons. Falcons will have to improve on their first-half effort from last week when they were outplayed by Turtles or Isis might get the good start needed to get a rare win.