Barbarians are ready to rumble
A NEW-LOOK Wests Barbarians outfit will launch its Spring Cup campaign against the reigning premiers Turtles.
Wests co-coach Matthew Leighton said his side was wary of just how dangerous the Turtles can be.
Turtles were strong in defence last week when they kept Isis scoreless for 21-0 win.
"Isis has a strong forward pack and Turtles withstood that pressure," he said.
"Turtles are very good at capitalising on opposition errors and that's something we are going to try minimise.
"Especially near our tryline. You make a mistake there and you pay for it quickly."
Wests were knocked out in the semis last year at the hands of the Turtles.
But the semis looked like an unlikely proposition early in the season until they turned it around after Christmas.
"Last year we were struggling along but then after Christmas we had a great run beating Turtles, Isis and Pythons," Leighton said.
"We expect to build towards the end of the season and hopefully be competitive."
Leighton watched on as the four Spring Cup teams ripped into each other last week.
He was glad his team had the bye.
"Our preparation is mixed. We have been training for two months but e have a lot of new players at the club," Leighton said.
"The extra week off was good because we have gotten some extra players that we may not have had last week."
Turtles coach Luke McCloskey was delighted with his side's first outing as he blooded some young players in the team.
"Last week was a great start to the season considering the amount of rookies we had in the side," he said.
McCloskey said every Wests side he had ever seen posed a threat.
"What's great about our comp is that every team on their day can beat anyone," he said.
"There is a lot of young blood in the comp."
Turtles could be without fullback Chris Rose.
McCloskey said defence was key.
"If we can keep Wests to a low score then I know we can back ourselves to score a lot of points," he said.