Alloway’s Nathan Freeman tries to stop Barbarian Andrew Farrer from scoring a try in last year’s grand final.
Alloway’s Nathan Freeman tries to stop Barbarian Andrew Farrer from scoring a try in last year’s grand final.

Memory of loss to drive Falcons

LAST year’s grand final combatants, Wests Barbarians and Alloway Falcons, will go head-to-head in a blockbuster opener to the All-Safe Spring Cup tonight.

Barbarians coach Matt Leighton said his team had braced for a fiery offering from the Falcons after a Wests field goal robbed them of the premiership in the final minute of the 2009 grand final.

“They remember what happened all too well, so I think it’s going to add a bit of spice to the game,” he said.

“They’ll be playing hard to make sure it doesn’t happen again and dish out a bit of payback.”

Flyhalf Andrew Filo is set to ruffle a few feathers in his debut with Barbarians after defecting from the Falcons last year.

“I think it’s going to add a bit of extra tension to the game, but we’re thrilled to have him on board,” Latham said.

“We’ve been a bit short out the back, so he’s going to slot in nicely.”

Seasoned hooker Andrew Pryor will be missing from the Barbarians number after breaking his nose in a nasty clash in a trial game last week.

Latham said the hooker left big shoes to fill but was confident his team could pull together and compensate for his absence.

“He’s a valued player, but I think if everyone stays on task we’ll be in for a good show,” he said.



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