Fraser Coast Mariners must win to save season
FOUR games. Zero wins.
It is not the way the Fraser Coast Mariners wanted to start their season but their campaign for back-to-back Sunshine Coast Rugby Union reserve grade finals appearances is still salvageable.
Currently, the Mariners are more like a dodgy thermostat than finals contender.
They were good in their first-up loss to Caloundra, then "rubbish" against Nambour. Fraser Coast found form against the seemingly unstoppable Noosa last week, then capitulated to noted cellar dwellers Gympie.
To put the loss into perspective, Gympie won one of their 16 games last year, and finished their wooden spoon-winning season with a points differential of -489.
Mariners coach Trent Devere said it was time to return to the drawing board.
"We have to get back to why we enjoy rugby," he said.
"We get a good game then it's rubbish. We felt good in week one, then Nambour was rubbish.
"Noosa just pipped us, we were within four points until their last-minute try, then you go to a bottom side and sink to their level."
In the Mariners' defence, they lacked backs and some of their firepower in Saturday's 10-7 loss to Gympie, and the conditions could not have been worse.
Fraser Coast finished with only 13 men on the field for the final 10 minutes (an earlier scuffle saw Devere and his opposing captain red-carded), and another last-minute try subjected them to their fourth-straight loss.
The season is only five rounds old, and with another 15 rounds to go there is plenty of time for the Mariners to turn it around.
Those wins will have to start coming in the very near future however, and Devere targeted the side's next two home games as the perfect opportunity.
"It will be nice to be home. If we don't get a few wins soon the season will slip away," Devere said.