Crushers defeat Alloway
BRUTAL and unrelenting defence in wet and miserable conditions was decisive as Isis Crushers toughed out a crucial 12-0 victory over Alloway Falcons in their All-Safe Spring Cup sixth round clash on Friday night.
The Crushers made a dream start with an early try to centre Jake Thompson which was converted by Cassius Dann.
But the Falcons dominated territorially for most of the remaining 78 minutes and they mounted sustained attacks on the line several times, but they were simply unable to score.
Isis also scored the only other points with right winger Liam Cottrell finishing off midway through the second half after the ball was worked across field from a scrum win on the left 40m out.
The result gave them a six-point buffer over the third placed Falcons before Mariners' return to the fold next Friday, and captain/coach Wayne Cook had declared it a “must win'' before the game.
“Definitely the whole forward pack laid the platform – everyone dug deep and to hold them to nothing is a lot for us to take into the next stage,'' Cook said.
Cook lauded break-away Isaac White as their stand-out in a robust team performance.
“Isaac is a young bloke, only 18, but he definitely played above his weight,'' he said.
The win came at a cost including with Jack Rowan taken to hospital with a suspected broken ankle, and Danny Erihe (concussion) and Cook (hamstring) other casualties.
Falcons coach Nathan Freeman was disappointed to come up empty-handed despite giving their absolute all, also naming hulking No. 8 Adam Lucke as their Man of the Match, from captain and second rower Andrew Nielsen and tighthead prop Grant Barringer.
Meanwhile, Bundaberg Turtles continued to sweep all before them, outclassing a gallant West Barbarians with Matt Templeman bagging a hat-trick of tries in another domineering display and Danny Moran picking up a double.
Turtles 36 (Templeman 3, Moran 2, Jesse Tass tries; Brendon McKeown 3 conv) d Barbarians 14 (Bruce Dalton, Andrew Filo tries; Filo 2 conver); Crushers 12 (Thompson, Cottrell tries; Dann con) d Falcons 0