Falcons in hunt for vengeance

IT is the moment that will forever be etched in the mind of Alloway coach Nathan Freeman.

Seconds remained on the clock and Freeman's Falcons had a two-point advantage as they pushed towards an unlikely win in last season's Bundaberg Rugby Union grand final.

Then Barbarians centre Jai Schofield delivered the blow that broke the hearts of Falcons fans.

The inside centre struck a deft drop-goal in the closing seconds that secured a one-point lead and a classic premiership win for the Western Suburbs club.

That was in August.

But the hollow feeling that came over Freeman as the ball sailed over the upright has never left.

Tonight he gets his first shot at revenge.

For the first time since that classic decider, Barbarians and Falcons will square off at Across The Waves in tonight's NewsMail Spring Cup match.

“It's about revenge for us,” Freeman said yesterday.

“Everyone who played in that game has been waiting for this game for a long time.

“At training everyone's been talking about it.

“It's on the back of everyone's minds.”

Freeman said his Falcons were flying high after crushing Isis last weekend.

“We were firing on all cylinders,” Freeman said.

While Barbarians coach Nathan Williams said his side would be keen to repeat their August success.

“For us it's about focus, if we are switched on we are hard to beat,” he said.

The game will kick-off at 6.30pm.

It will be followed by Isis Crushers vs Hervey Bay Mariners.



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