GAINING GROUND: Turtles John Gardiner looks for a gap in the Falcons’ defence at the CQ Leagues Club Spring Cup.
GAINING GROUND: Turtles John Gardiner looks for a gap in the Falcons’ defence at the CQ Leagues Club Spring Cup. Paul Donaldson BUNRUG

Barbarians are building momentum

WITH three rounds remaining before the finals get under way in the 2013 Spring Cup, the Barbarians are looking to build some winning momentum, but first they will have to overcome ladder leaders the Turtles tonight.

The task will be made that much harder with a number of key players missing with injuries, or unavailable due to work commitments, including forward Matt Leighton

"We've had a good season so far against the Turtles, but we'll be missing a few players tonight," Leighton said.

"Training has been a bit disrupted this week which is not what you want at this point of the season.

"It's something all sides go through throughout the season. Unfortunately our turn isn't at the best time."

But Leighton said the Barbarians would be buoyed by forward Jack Dalton, who will line up with the side for the rest of the season after returning home to Bundaberg from Brisbane due to university holidays.

In tonight's other game, the Falcons will be out to show the form which saw them fall just short of a win against the Turtles last week, when they line up against Isis. Falcons player Nathan Freeman said his side was disappointed to lose last week after matching the Turtles for 70 minutes.

The Falcons let a converted try get past them in the last 10 minutes to go down 36-29.

"The lead changed through out the game, so it was close," Freeman said.

Freeman believes Isis will come into tonight's game full of confidence after beating the Falcons earlier in the year.

"I think they will think they can beat us," he said.

"But we're a lot better side now."

Freeman said his side's strength across the field was the key to its success this season, with the Waves' new rugby league recruits serving the side well.

"Forwards, including Andrew Filo and Barry Kalepo have really made a difference," he said.

DETAILS

Game 1: Turtles v Barbarians at 6.30pm

Game 2: Falcons v Isis at 8pm

Both games will be played at the ATW sports grounds.



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