Round 2: Teams in brawl set to face each other again
THE Isis Crushers hope this week's semi-final against the Pythons is not a repeat of last week in the Spring Cup.
Tonight the two sides will battle each other again, a week after a brawl forced their previous contest to end in the 65th minute with Isis up 13-0.
Now the side hopes to win again this week in a game of competitive - but fair - rugby.
Isis Crushers team manager Darren Golchert said the side had a good week on the park.
"We've had a full team training this week and they are all positive despite last week,” he said.
"Our big focus has been making sure our discipline is perfect for the game.”
Last year Isis beat the Pythons in extra time to seal its spot in the final.
Golchert said this year's side was in better shape.
"It's a different feel to last year,” Golchert said.
"Last year was good but we seem to have more commitment from the side.
"We're playing more as a team and are playing better.”
Isis is one of the form teams in the competition.
"We've been unbeaten since October,” Golchert said.
"It means nothing tonight though so we're making sure we focus on tonight.”
Standing in their way is a side looking to gain revenge for last year's semi loss.
Pythons captain James Tutuila wants to make the final despite not being in the side that lost last year.
But he is battling an ankle injury that could rule him out for the match.
"I'm 60-40 for tonight,” Tutuila admitted.
"I've got a couple of appointments so we'll wait and see.”
Tutuila says the side needs all the numbers they can get for the clash.
"We've only got eight confirmed for the clash so far,” he said.
"If we can get to up to 15 then we'll be happy.”
Tutuila though was quick to shut down suggestions they wouldn't be in the hunt to win.
"We'll have four key players who will help us win,” he said.
"We'll be competitive.”
The sides will battle each other at 8pm at The Waves sports ground.