The Fraser Coast Mariners have finished on top of the table in the Bundaberg spring rugby union competition and will have the first week of the finals series off.
The Fraser Coast Mariners have finished on top of the table in the Bundaberg spring rugby union competition and will have the first week of the finals series off. Karleila Thomsen

Mariners finish on top

THE FRASER Coast Mariners have come through the Bundaberg spring rugby union competition’s regular season draw undefeated, beating Wests Barbarians on Friday night, and are now looking forward to a week off as the finals series gets underway.

Mariners player Stephen Shine said the side was hoping to get in some quality training before returning to the paddock in the second week of the finals series.

The Mariners beat the Barbarians 27-3 and Shine said the match was very much what they had been anticipating as they prepared for the game last week.

“We knew how to combat their style and we stuck to our game plan,” he said.

The Barbarians led from the front with their strong forward pack but the Mariners were able to match it with them, with several of the Fraser Coast forwards doing themselves proud.

Trent DeVere was strong in his return for the Mariners while Richard Whittemore also performed strongly for the side, crossing the line twice, scoring and just being denied a try after being held up.

Shine said the Mariners are hoping to pick a side that will have a balance of both youth and experience for the finals series.

The Barbarians, along with the Alloway Falcons, the East Coast Buccaneers and the Isis Crushers, will play in the first week of the finals series on Friday night.



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