Mariners eye top spot finish
THE PERFECT start to the Fraser Coast Mariners’ Bundaberg spring rugby union competition continued on Friday night when the Mariners defeated the Isis Crushers 58-19 in the Rum City.
Veteran forward Iain Everiss said the Mariners were pleased with the result and looking forward to their bye in the next round.
The result will almost seal top position for the Mariners in the round robin competition. The team at the top of the ladder will get the first week of the finals series off in three weeks time.
“We played well in the first half,” Everiss said of the Mariners’ match against Isis. “We were running hard and straight.”
The Mariners changed a couple of their combinations in the second half and the Crushers were able to put on a few tries to make the score line more respectable but Everiss said the team was pleased with their overall performance.
Michael Bugeja, who also plays with the Hervey Bay Seagulls, continued his fine run of form, scoring five tries on Friday night. His brother, Kyle, also scored a try.
“I think he is quite enjoying himself,” Everiss said of Bugeja’s efforts.
“All our backs were just a class above theirs on Friday night.”
Everiss said that securing top spot would give the Mariners, who finished fifth in the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union competition this year, something to aim for when they returned from their bye to play Wests Barbarians.
The Mariners defeated the Alloway Falcons and East Coast Buccaneers in the first two rounds.