EVADE: Isis player Marcus Sinclair will be hoping to get past multiple Pythons tackles tonight in the Spring Cup.
EVADE: Isis player Marcus Sinclair will be hoping to get past multiple Pythons tackles tonight in the Spring Cup. Craig Warhurst

Pythons brace for test without best players

THE unbeaten Pythons admit some players will need to step up tonight if they are to beat Isis in the Spring Cup.

After a lay-off in the Cup, with a bye and a forfeit in the past two weeks, the team returns to action at The Waves Sports Ground against the Crushers.

And they do so without some of their best players.

With more than four out with work and injuries including James Tutuila they won't be at full strength.

Coach Victor Nio said it was not ideal heading into an important match.

"We will still have a full bench and the players have rested well,” he said.

"A few will be going back to their preferred position as well so we hope that works.”

Also concerned about not playing for three weeks, Nio said training had been a big focus for the side.

"The boys are keen to play,” he said.

"They know the battle will be in the forwards and we have prepared for that.”

"We need to dominate from the get go because they are very well drilled.”

Isis players agree and believe that will be the difference in the match.

Captain Jason Palmer said their set pieces would be pivotal in getting the win.

"Our line-out was great last week with only one or two losses,” he said.

"The scrum was also dominant and we need do that again this week.”

With the team at full strength they also feel they are better prepared, compared to the first time they met the Pythons at home last month.

"We're definitely a better side than the last match,” Palmer said.

"If we can stick to our game plan then we can certainly beat them.”

And Palmer said their attack could help them.

"They looked all over the place when we attacked in the last match and got two tries,” he said.

"If we get enough of the ball we can put them under pressure in the contest.”

In the other match the Barbarians will be looking for their second win of the season against The Waves Falcons.

Action starts at 6.30pm.



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