Mariners have plenty to work on despite big win
FRASER Coast Mariners became the teachers when they thumped Maroochydore Swans by 24 points.
The Mariners were taught a harsh lesson in how to start a game of rugby union at their home turf last week.
A remorseless Maleny Bushrangers tore the Mariners apart in the first 10 minutes of their April 22 game at Urangan, but the boys weren't about to replicate their mistakes.
Fraser Coast were the bullies this time, as Trent Devere's squad put their training efforts into practice at the Sunshine Coast.
"The first 25 minutes were good," he said. "Everyone did what they had to do and we ended up scoring three really good team tries.
"It was a much better start this week. We really focussed on that during training, really focusing on the first few minutes and getting it right."
A 17-0 half-time lead eventually became a 31-7 bonus point win as the Mariners learned another valuable lesson in their quest to return to the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union reserve grade finals.
"I think we got a little too excited in the first half and tried a few too many things," Devere said.
"We tried doing too much too early, rather than working hard then finding the outside backs.
"It was probably a good game for us to learn how to play in front.
"It's a bit similar to the Gympie game (which Fraser Coast won 50-19)."
The Mariners were led on the scoreboard by regular league player Corey Anderson, who scored twice.
Devere said Matthew Worland and Jared Scott were among the on-field performers, while Phillip Grant was immense before his game ended early due to a nasty cut to his head.
The Mariners will work on their patience in possession ahead of what could be a tough afternoon against Noosa Dolphins.
They will be without at least five players on Wide Bay Whales and Schoolboys duty for the clash against the heavyweights.
Mariners host Noosa at Urangan on Saturday.
Kick-off at 3pm.