The Turtles march on in the Spring Cup

EARLY LEAD: Bundaberg Turtles fullback Willie Nagas tries to get past a Bundaberg West Barbarians defender in their Spring Cup clash on Friday night.
EARLY LEAD: Bundaberg Turtles fullback Willie Nagas tries to get past a Bundaberg West Barbarians defender in their Spring Cup clash on Friday night. Shane Jones

UNION: Despite losing a host of players from last season, the Turtles just know how to win in the Spring Cup.

Continuing their great start to the season on Friday night, they defeated the Bundaberg Wests Barbarians 29-5 as their youth impressed.

Combining with experienced players as well, they were too strong for a Barbarians outfit who struggled in their first game of the year with 14 players.

Keeping the Barbarians scoreless for over a half, captain Brendon McKeown said it was a good performance from the defending premiers.

"We had a couple of inexperienced forwards in there, but they really stepped up,” he said.

"They set a platform for us to get the ball rolling.”

In a result where the margin could have been bigger, McKeown was critical of the team's discipline during the match.

"Our discipline was one of our most negatives things on the night,” he said.

"It does get frustrating when you can't get the basics right.”

With two wins from two though, McKeown said it would get better as the season progresses.

"It's a great start when you have a young side coming in,” he said.

"It will get easier for us (as we get more training into the team).”

For the Barbarians, it was a case of not enough players and not enough fitness.

Captain Jimmy Courtice conceded the team struggled at times.

"It makes it tough with no numbers,” he said.

"We all had a dig and the lead blew out early.”

Despite that, there were positives for the team.

"To keep them to less tries in the second half and to score ourselves was a bonus,” Courtice said.

"We've got more boys coming so hopefully it is the last time you'll see 14 players play.”

The Barbarians will play the Pythons this week. There is more from the Spring Cup on page 26.

Topics:  bundaberg wests barbarians spring cup turtles

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