Spring Cup helped Bundy’s game

ALLOWAY boss Nathan Freeman said Bundaberg District Rugby Union is a step closer to rebuilding itself after a successful Spring Cup competition.

But the Falcons drubbing at the hands of Hervey Bay Mariners showed there was still a need for the code to strengthen in the region, Freeman said.

“Bundaberg Rugby Union is in a rebuilding faze and something like this has been great,” Freeman said.

The winter competition would a tumultuous one for BDRU.

The East Coast Buccaneers were unable to field a team, then Isis Crushers were forced from the competition because of an administrative bungle, leaving Alloway and Barbarians to contest the crown.

But the Spring Cup saw the return of the Buccaneers and Isis and strong teams in Falcons and Barbarians.

But none of the clubs were able to test Mariners, who played their winter competition on the Sunshine Coast.

Despite playing their best game of the season, Falcons were still comprehensively beaten by the Mariners.

“They said to us after the game that we were the best team they had played in the competition,” Freeman said.

“And the referee said it was the best game of rugby he had seen in Bundaberg in some time.”

Freeman said it was still a matter of time before a Bundaberg side could consistently be competitive with a Sunshine Coast team.

“It was a good gauge as to where we are at,” Freeman said yesterday.

“It gave (Falcons) something to strive for.

“I think (Hervey Bay) coming here has been the best thing for the competition.”

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