Turtles on top after win against Falcons
UNION: Guiding his team to top spot at Christmas, Chris Rose is happy to be a Turtle.
Scoring four tries in the Turtles' 61-5 win over the Falcons, Rose had one of his best games in the Spring Cup.
Recently moving to fly-half, the Turtle was everywhere on Friday night as he scored and provided assists to his team.
Pleased to play his role, Rose said he was glad to get past two tries in a match.
"It's the first time (I've scored four), so it was a really good feeling,” he said.
"(It's) my second game at number 10 there, so I was more happy with my assists than the tries.”
In the perfect result for the team, Rose said top position would spur them on to the finals next year.
"It's very good for the last game to come away with the win,” he said.
"It is a very good feeling. At the start of next year we will be ready to go.”
The Turtles win almost did not happen though, because of the Falcons.
An exodus midweek of rugby league players to train for their new season left the team with just seven available for the match.
Finding their way to 15 in the end, captain Fletcher Ericson said the side did well just to play.
"We enjoyed having them as part of the team but that was their decision to leave,” Ericson said.
"I'm so proud of everyone who put on that jersey tonight,” he said.
Ericson also had a message for those who wanted to hurt the club.
"We're going to start recruiting over the break and we are looking to build the club atmosphere.
"No one was having a go at each other tonight (in the loss) and that is what we stand for at the Falcons.
"We are a good, clean, honest rugby club.”
In another game: The Barbarians now believe there are four teams that can win the Spring Cup.
Cementing their position as one of them they stunned the previously table-topping Pythons 3-0 to end their year on a high.
A late penalty to the Barbarians, calmly kicked by Aisea Mola after the siren, gave the side their second win of the season.
In their best performance of the season, captain Jimmy Courtice said their pressure on the Pythons' attack was the difference in the end.
Courtice said this win gives them plenty of confidence for the rest of the season.
"Anything can happen,”