Battle of the seas
THE tests do not stop coming for the East Coast Buccaneers as they attempt to return as a force to be reckoned with in Bundaberg District Rugby Union.
Buccaneers returned to the competition last week with a 22-18 victory over the reigning premiers, the Barbarians, in the opening round of the Spring Cup.
This week the challenge is even fiercer as they line up at Across The Waves Sports Grounds against the Hervey Bay Mariners, who competed in the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union premiership last year.
“They are the team to beat, they play in a stronger competition and they have proved that they are a good team,” veteran forward Steve Andrews said yesterday.
The long-serving number eight said his side would need to be physical to destroy the rhythm of the Mariners.
“They are a fast team that plays a free-flowing game,” Andrews said.
“They have quick backs and quick loosies so we'll have to be physical to match them.
“We've got a pretty strong team so we'll utilise that.”
Meanwhile, Isis Crushers will make their debut for the season against Alloway Falcons in the later game.
Alloway showed glimpses of brilliance in the season opener but were unable to match with Mariners in a 44-27 loss.