Fraser Coast Mariners send sore Toads back to Nambour
A TIGHT tussle wasn't what Fraser Coast Mariners ordered but it was exactly what the Toads delivered on Saturday.
The Mariners wanted to make the most of their first home game in more than a month with a bonus-point win, but somebody forgot to pass the message on to Nambour's players.
An early try should have set the tone for the match, but Mariners coach Trent DeVere admitted his side became overconfident.
"We started really well but dropped off," he said.
"I think the boys expected it to continue but we got complacent. Each try was hard work and we had to fight for everything."
Kale Hendle was again the star for the home side, as the half scored two tries and converted two goals for his 14-point haul.
Bradley Brighton scored Fraser Coast's third try.
The win seals the Mariners' spot in the top four, but their next three games could be the toughest stretch of their season.
They face second-placed Caloundra (away), first-placed Noosa Dolphins (home) then third-placed Maroochydore (home), and DeVere has a target.
"We want about four to six points from these games.
"It's going to be a tough few weeks. Caloundra are very physical, very aggressive, so that will be hard.
"We'll see how we go and who's available, but we really need to target at least four to six points.
"We drew Noosa last time we played them so we're confident we can push them again."