The Pythons' run is over in the Spring Cup
UNION: The end of the year was not meant to be like this for the Bundaberg Pythons.
The unbeaten run of the Spring Cup side is over after it lost 33-10 to the Turtles Brothers on Saturday night in Childers.
To compound the loss, one of their forwards, Jake Bauer, was taken to hospital with what appeared to be a dislocated kneecap.
He has been cleared of any broken bones but will have an MRI scan to determine the full extent of the injury later this week.
The loss of Bauer hurt the Pythons dearly.
The Pythons started the game with 13 players and ended the match without a full side, which allowed the Turtles to get on top.
Coming out of the blocks quickly, the side took an early lead and were never troubled in their second win in a row in the competition.
The seven-time defending champions are now within touching distance of the top two again.
"First things first, the Turtles and myself wish Jake all the best, it's never a good thing,” Turtles coach Luke McCloskey said.
"They were a little bit light on, which had a bit of an impact.
"We're certainly not back yet and we've got a few players to come back in.”
McCloskey rated the first part of the season as a fail for the side, which included no wins in a month.
"Up until the Thursday before we played the Falcons I'd have given the side an F for the season,” he said.
"The players put in the effort and I couldn't fault them for that but our playing wasn't up to our standards.”
McCloskey said the goal for the side was to continue to take the shackles off and improve before the finals.
The Pythons were contacted for comment but were not available at the time.
The Spring Cup will be back on January 5 after the Christmas break for all sides.