Falcons coach marvels at effort despite loss

RUGBY UNION: WAVES Falcons had a win on Friday night even if it wasn't on the scoreboard.

Leading up to the Spring Cup match against Isis Crushers, Falcons president Nathan Freeman told the NewsMail he was struggling to find enough players to run out onto ATW Grounds.

Despite exceeding Freeman's expectations the Falcons makeshift team still fell short of Isis who ran out 17-8 winners.

"There were definitely the building blocks there to work on for the rest of the season," Freeman said.

"We were actually leading for parts of the game"

Freeman said he was grateful for the support from the other clubs to help get them on the field.

"One of the other clubs gave us some of their excess players," he said.

"We ended up with 16 players which was good."

The victory wasn't the prettiest to watch according to Isis captain Kale Hendle, but it was a win nonetheless

"Getting the nerves out in the wet conditions wasn't the best. It was pretty sloppy," he said.

Hendle paid tribute to his side's defence, which was at one time down to just 13 players.

"I was concussed in the first half and taken off," he said.

"One of our blokes was spewing on the sideline and he couldn't go back on."

Crushers take on Turtles this Saturday at Isis Showgrounds and Hendle said he was expecting a physical encounter.

"We have to play our game and not get drawn into theirs," he said.

"Last year we had great support so hopefully the home crowd comes out and cheers us on."

Waves play new team Bundaberg Pythons and Freeman said three core players would return to the squad and there had been some interest from others to train with the team.

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