Two tries each to Ikuna Manufetoa, Ola Blake, Ian Ellz and Jackson Paulson gave the Pythons a perfect start to the season.
Two tries each to Ikuna Manufetoa, Ola Blake, Ian Ellz and Jackson Paulson gave the Pythons a perfect start to the season. Paul Donaldson BUNRUG

Pythons make a fantastic Spring Cup debut

APART from the jerseys not arriving on time for their debut match, the Pythons have made a dream start to the Spring Cup competition with a 69-0 win over the Waves Falcons at Isis Showground.

Forced to wear the Barbarians top, after their reserve outfits had no numbers on it, the Pythons would run in 11 tries and keep the opposition scoreless to record their first win in the competition.

Two tries each to Ikuna Manufetoa, Ola Blake, Ian Ellz and Jackson Paulson gave the Pythons a perfect start to the season.

Club president Danny Moran said the team performed well after a less than ideal preparation.

"Our first half was scrappy and our team was nervous.

"Once we scored early though, the team started to find their groove," he said.

Coach Victor Nio echoed Moran's sentiments and added the defence was great for his team.

"To keep a team that has been together for years scoreless was fantastic.

"Fly-half Andrew Filo and flanker Tom Akers played well for us.

"We took the Falcons by surprise and performed well," Nio said.

Despite the win the Pythons admitted there were things they could improve on.

"Our line outs struggled and we conceded a lot of penalties," Moran said.

"Hopefully by next weekend we have our jerseys because we actually play the Barbarians," he said.

Falcons coach John Kauvai said his side would be better for the run despite the big loss to the new team.

"It was better than I thought it was going to be.

"It's been hard to train and we rely on rugby league players at the moment," he said.

Kauvai later admitted the focus was purely on building a side to be strong later in the competition.

"We will get stronger and the focus is on sorting out a side to be competitive.

"Given our experience at the moment, I'm happy with the way we played."

The Falcons coach also heaped praise on to the new team.

"They are a very good side and have done well in the short period of time they have had.

"The Pythons will be an interesting team to look out for this year and I can't wait until we play them again," Kauvai concluded.

The focus for the Falcons will now be on Turtles, defending champions.

They know they won't be the favourites for that and relish the opportunity to not have any pressure on them.

"I love the underdog tag. The emphasis for us will be on making the team stronger week by week," Kauvai said.



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