Wayne Cook of Isis Crushers recovers the ball during a game against the Turtles.
Wayne Cook of Isis Crushers recovers the ball during a game against the Turtles. Mike Knott BUNRUG

Turtles are vulnerable: Darney

CRAFTY Turtles coach Rob Darney fears their unbeaten record in The Waves Spring Cup since the club was reformed last season could be threatened.

He said they would be missing 10 players for their eighth round top-of-the-table showdown with West Barbarians and that could prove too much to overcome.

"We've got a couple away on holidays, a couple injured and a couple with work commitments - we've lost the McKeown boys (Robert and Brendon), Dan Unwin, Joel Turaga, Jesse Tass and Josh Tanner - that's six good players right there," Darney said.

"Also Greg Manskie injured his knee at touch football and is out this weekend - we'll probably just be able to field a team, and it will be a big ask to win for us but a good chance for West to win.

"But we've had good reserves on the bench and they'll come in and play some of those key positions, and it's a good chance for them to step up and show their wares for the finals.

"Our back-line will still be hot with Luke Cummins at five-eighth, Quade McGrory at inside centre, Mat Templeman at outside centre, and hopefully we'll have Matt Tanner at fullback and Aidan Cunningham on one of the wings.

"But where we could stumble is in the forwards because we've got some good forwards away - we'll still be able to have a forward pack, we just won't be able to interchange them."

Barbarians' only two losses so far have been at the hands of Turtles, 43-14 on September 16 and 20-10 on October 7, but they are much stronger now and their player/coach Matt Leighton believes they are capable of matching the premiers, even at full strength.

But Darney would like to keep their unblemished record and with Templeman in the side.

"We will only play Wests again once, just before the grand final, and it would be good to stamp our domination again but the gods could be looking down on us this week," he said.

Alloway Falcons should beat Isis Crushers in the late game.



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