Crushers Bradley Brighton and Dylan Suter move in to join the ruck that Turtles
Crushers Bradley Brighton and Dylan Suter move in to join the ruck that Turtles "Bub" Abbott, Josh Tanner and Cameron McDonald have formed over Brent Marshall who is keeping the ball well secure in his possession during their match. Gary Hutchison

Templeman crushes Isis

THE rampaging Matt Templeman bagged his second straight hat-trick of tries as Bundaberg Turtles continued their all-conquering run in the Bundaberg All-Safe Spring Cup on Friday night.

But coach Rob Darney said they were “lucky to get away with it'' after defeating Isis Crushers 29-15 in their top-of-the-table clash, with Templeman the difference between the sides.

He also warned that they will have to return to their best when they take on Fraser Coast Mariners this week after the reigning premiers returned to the fold with a 43-5 demolition of Alloway Falcons on Friday night.

“Matt Templeman ran amok at inside centre in the first half, but he had to go and didn't play the second half,” Darney said.

“Little halfback Adam David was our Players' Player – he was there at every breakdown, he cleaned out and was inspirational to the forwards, always in their ear and directing them around the park.

“Other good players included fly-half Lukey Cummins – he always leads from the front – another big fella in the game, Daniel Unwin at prop, and flanker Robbie McKeown.

“Also another one who has recently come across, Bjorn Ahlstrom – he usually plays league but is picking it up well – he is a second rower and he had a very good game as well.

“All in all, it was a scrappy affair – we are struggling to put the same team on the park each weekend and really we were lucky to win it after leading 17-8 at half-time.”

Darney said the Crushers deserve credit for the improvement that they have made after his side thrashed them 67-17 when the two sides previously met three weeks earlier.

“Isis was very solid in defence and very sharp in attack, and they made many probing runs through our back-line, something that hasn't happened in the past,” he said.

“Other teams are starting to come back after we came out of the blocks pretty quickly.

“We were a very dynamic team in our first two or three games but other teams are starting to strategise on our attacking and defensive performances and starting to peg us back, and we'll just have to make a few changes.”

Schoolboy twins Elijah and Elisha Kiddie were the try scorers for Isis.

Sean Bower bagged three tries for the Mariners and the bad news for the Turtles is that they are only going to get better with match fitness.

Turtles 29 (Matt Templeman 3, Josh Tanner, Jarrod Tanner tries; Brendon McKeown 2 conversions) d Crushers 15 (Elijah Kiddie, Elisha Kiddie tries; Cassius Dann conversion, field goal)

Mariners 43 (Sean Bower 3, Kyle Leaver, Heath Bartlett, Cameron Mead tries; Chris Dougan 2, Troy N conversions) d Falcons 5 (Ryan Marsh try).

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