CHANCE: Barbarians player Nathan Leather lines up the kick that could have won his side the game.
CHANCE: Barbarians player Nathan Leather lines up the kick that could have won his side the game. Shane

Pythons survive late comeback to beat Barbarians

UNION: Bundaberg West Barbarians player Nathan Leather had a dream turn into a nightmare on Friday night in the Spring Cup.

The flyhalf had the chance to kick the winning penalty right on full-time to beat the Bundaberg Pythons and move the Barbarians to the top.

Unfortunately for Leather and his side his kick missed to give the Pythons a 17-16 win in one of the games of the season.

In a game of two halves the Barbarians raced to a 6-0 lead at half time before the Pythons scored the next 17 points to start the second half.

The Barbarians then scored the last 10 points of the game, including a penalty try, to fall just short of the win.

"That's rugby and we'll improve next week,” Barbarians player Nathan Wahn said, defending Leather.

"We let them down into our 22, penalty after penalty, and eventually we just let them in.”

Wahn said the performance, despite the loss, showed the side is capable of beating the best.

The Pythons were just happy to get the win.

"It was a very scrappy game but we ground out the win,” Pythons president Danny Moran said.

"He's (Leather) kicked nearly every one tonight, it just wasn't meant to be for them.”

The Pythons will play the Turtles in Childers next week with the Barbarians to face Isis.



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