Captain Cummins marshalls Turtles
RUGBY: Captain Luke Cummins was again at his creative best as Turtles warmed up for The Waves Spring Cup final with a last-round 66-13 demolition of Alloway Falcons on Friday.
The depleted Falcons tried hard but it was always going to be a tough night at the office for them although Turtles player/coach Rob Darney said they were "missing a lot of good players" too.
"So we had to play players in different positions and it made it a bit scrappy but we were still able to produce points," Darney said.
"Luke Cummins led from the front again, and Matty Tanner had a run and was very good - playing at fullback, he created some good opportunities which we seized upon.
"The forward pack worked well - players like AJ Evans, Adam Griffith, Cam McDonald in the front row and Daniel Unwin all put in very good performances.
"Collectively it was a good hit-out for the final and there were no major injuries out of the game, which was good and a bonus and we're looking forward to next week."
Darney said they would have a full side for the decider against West Barbarians this Friday.
"But Peni Vesikula didn't qualify - he didn't play enough games - but we will have a very good front row even though we have lost little prop John Garnder - he has gone to the Philippines," he said.
"Besides that we will have a good strong team and we're looking forward to taking home the trophy again.
"Even I, the old warhorse, got two tries against Falcons but I won't play unless I'm needed to make 23."
Turtles 66 (Steve Andrews, Nathan Blair, Luke Cummins, Joel Turaga 4, Rob Darney 2, Robert McKeown tries, Brendon McKeown 4, S Andrews, J Turaga 2, Matt Tanner conversions) d Falcons 13