Turtles v Isis in the Spring Cup at The Waves sportsgrounds in Bundaberg.
Turtles v Isis in the Spring Cup at The Waves sportsgrounds in Bundaberg. Craig Warhurst

Turtles beat Isis in tough tussle

RUGBY UNION: The Turtles proved that a seventh straight title is not out of the question after a hard-fought win against the Isis Crushers.

The 21-0 victory at The Waves Grounds on Friday night gave Turtles coach Luke McCloskey confidence his side could mix it with the best this season.

"With our aging roster, we weren't sure how the balance of our side was going to end up,” he said.

"Friday night showed we will be alright and we have few dangerous players to come back into the squad.”

McCloskey was able to blood three 17-year-olds and three 18-year-olds during the game, which could prove handy down the line if injuries come into the equation.

With two tries coming from kicks, the Turtles had to rely on their defence to get them home.

"We knew Isis would come out swinging,” he said.

"They are a very strong side and one to be reckoned with during the season.”

Despite the 21-0 loss to the Turtles, Isis Crushers coach Gary Maroney praised his side's defence as the best he had seen in more than a year.

"That is why the Turtles resorted to kicking over us,” he said

"We got ourselves into great positions, but just stumbled with the last pass.

"I'm ecstatic with the effort.”

Maroney says his side simply did not get the bounce of the ball and the scoreline was not a reflection of the quality of the game.

"Ideally, I would have liked to have seen us get on the board just so the boys could get some reward,” he said.

"We tested the Turtles' defence, but in fairness they stood up to us,” Maroney added.



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