Barbarians aiming for Falcons win
WEST Barbarians player/coach Matt Leighton has declared it “do or die” when they engage with fellow battlers Alloway Falcons in the All-Safe Spring Cup at ATW Sports Complex tonight.
Barbarians have won just one match but are fresh from the bye while Falcons will be still smarting after being put to the sword by Fraser Coast Mariners 43-5.
Leighton said hooker Andrew Pryor had been “very good”.
“Also, we recently got a half-back, Vincent Canolle, a French backpacker, and he has quite a lot of talent,” Leighton said.
“Captain Jimmy Courtice is still winning the lineouts fairly well and is putting in across the paddock, and Glen Sherbourne has been forced to play in a few different positions throughout the year and is the leader of the backs.”
Baa-baas have lost in their two clashes with the Falcons so far this campaign, and despite again being without a few players due to injuries and work commitments, they simply have to win to be any chance of making the finals.
“The two times we have played them, they have been good games of rugby to watch, and there hasn’t been much in it - 12-5 and 17-12 - before that,” he said.
“But, no doubt it’s a game we have to win – basically without it, we will miss the finals.”
Meanwhile, it will be the clash of the Titans when the Mariners do battle with Bundaberg Turtles in the match of the night.
Turtles have won their seven matches so far, while the Mariners were ultra-impressive in their mauling of the Falcons.
Meanwhile, the Turtles will also hold a function at Easts Sports Club tomorrow night.
Club committee member Jenita Porter said it would be “a great opportunity to get together with all players, sponsors, committee members and the community to celebrate the great success of the season so far” after being reformed after an eight-year break.