Mariners crush Crushers
THE FRASER Coast Mariners flexed their muscles as the race to win the Bundaberg Rugby Union Spring Cup entered the final straight.
Halfback Cameron Mead scored a hat-trick of tries as the Mariners, the defending premiers, put the Childers-based Isis Crushers to the sword.
In their last game before the finals, the top-of-the-ladder Mariners were ruthless, winning 43-0.
Mick McDonald, Nick McKay and Adam Ebert scored the other tries for the Mariners while Troy Ngatai kicked the extras.
The win means the Mariners have a three-point lead at the top but they might not win the minor premiership.
The Mariners have the last-round bye this week and that means the Bundaberg Turtles can over take them if they beat cellar dwellers, the Alloway Falcons.
Although the opportunity to win the minor premiership is out of their hands, No.8 Trent De Vere, said he and his teammates were focused on playing well when it mattered the most – in the finals.
“We are starting to play some structured football and it’s showing with the results,” De Vere said.
“It (the win against Isis) was a good all-round performance – the defence was outstanding while the attack was clinical in the way we finished off moves.
“It was great way to warm up for the finals for sure.”