Falcon’s Michael Kennedy and Baa Baa’s Gareth Madden tussle over the ball.
Falcon’s Michael Kennedy and Baa Baa’s Gareth Madden tussle over the ball. Scottie Simmonds

Kaufusi brothers lead try-spree

RUGBY: Rugby league star brothers Antonio and Felise Kaufusi wreaked havoc as West Barbarians white-washed an under-manned Alloway Falcons 62-0 in their The Waves Spring Cup round 10 clash on Friday.

Former Test and Queensland State of Origin representative Antonio, who will shortly take up an English Superleague contract, bagged a hat-trick, while North Queensland Cowboys National Youth League grand final player Felise picked up a double.

They shared the Player of the Match award, with centre Reuben Baillie, who also grabbed a double, picking up their two points, with one going to Irishman Gareth Madden.

Barbarians stalwart and assistant coach Bruce Dalton, who also was forced to play because of a current shortage of fit front rowers, said Falcons tried hard despite starting the game with 13 then losing Grant Barrenger to a knee injury.

"We had 15 but we played very well - our backs just ran all over them," Dalton said.

"It was not the best game but next week against Turtles will be a better indication of where we are at.

"Both them and us have already qualified for the grand final, so it will be almost a preliminary game, but we'll still be missing a few, including Tom Marland and Campbell Crouchley, and I don't know about Antonio, but we'll see how we go.

"We have got good numbers other than an injury riddled front row, and that's our problem at the moment - we started the season with two full front rows but Peter Haines and 'Blocker' Andrew Pryor are gone for the season.

"Karl Nielsen and I played, although we probably shouldn't have because we are both injured, but we have gone down from six props at the beginning to two, and that's our concern."

The end of the season can't come quickly enough for Isis Crushers who were again forced to forfeit to Turtles.

West Barbarians 62 (Daniel DePapi, Felise Kaufusi 2, Antonio Kaufusi 3, Reuben Baillie 2, Michael Keast, Matt Craven tries, Craven 6 conv) d Falcons 0; Turtles d Crushers on forfeit.

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