Spring season begins: union

EAST Coast Buccaneers have made a triumphant return to Bundaberg Rugby Union, defeating Wests Barbarians 22-18 in the Spring Cup opener on the weekend.

After failing to field a team in the regular season, Buccaneers had a point to prove as they came up against the 2009 champions at Across The Waves Sports Grounds on Friday night.

Captain-coach Stuart Milowski said it was an encouraging sign for his fledgling side.

“Given that we only got a team together on Wednesday, it was an amazing result,” he said.

“Everyone came ready to play and everyone supported each other.

“It was a really good feeling to be out on the field again after what happened this season.

“Everyone at the club was just excited to be playing.”

It was a tight match between the two teams to kick off the second annual Spring Cup.

Milowski called the performance from both teams “sloppy”.

“It's the first game of the competition and we have a few leaguies (rugby league players) who are getting the hang of the finer details of the game,” he said.

“It was a fairly sloppy performance.”

“There will be plenty to practice at training.”

Buccaneers will have to improve ahead of this week's match, where they will face Hervey Bay Mariners.

The Mariners were too strong for Alloway Falcons on Friday night in their first game of the season.

After rushing away to an early lead, Mariners withhold a Falcons charge to walk away with a 44-27 win.

“I thought we won the forwards battle,” captain-coach Nathan Freeman said.

“They were a pretty polished team and a well-disciplined team and they just got the better of us.”

Despite the loss, Freeman was optimistic about his team's chances this year.

“We are going to be in the final, that's what I think,” he said.

“We have got a good team and the guys showed that.

“We will get better as the season goes on.”

Falcons will take on Isis, in the Childers-based teams first game of the season next week.

It will be the first time Isis has played since a player registration scandal saw them removed from the winter competition.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers will take on the Mariners.

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