Prop Ashley Pennington scored a try for the Mariners in the Bundaberg Rugby Union Spring Cup win over the Barbarians.
Prop Ashley Pennington scored a try for the Mariners in the Bundaberg Rugby Union Spring Cup win over the Barbarians. Alistair Brightman

Mariners on the move up

THE Fraser Coast Mariners bid to win consecutive rugby union premierships is back on track.

The Mariners re-discovered their winning ways in round three of the Bundaberg Rugby Union Spring Cup by crushing the Barbarians 45-15 in the Rum City on Friday night.

The big win comes just a week after the Mariners suffered their first ever loss since joining the competition – a 20-17 defeat at the hands of the Bundaberg Turtles.

Mick Bugeja (two), Ashley Pennington, Kyle Leaver, Oscar Malmros and Rah Wilson scored the tries for the competition leading Mariners.

But the winning margin could have been a lot bigger had the kicking radar been switched on.

Despite trying numerous kickers, the Mariners missed every shot at goal.

Although the kicking was well below par, Trent De Vere said the overall performance was just what the doctor ordered.

“That loss last week gave us a kick where we needed it for sure,” De Vere said.

“It showed us that we couldn’t afford to be complacent – we weren’t this week.”

But what was the key to the win?

“The form of the forwards,” De Vere, the Number 8, said.

“Once the forwards set it up for them, the backs were able to show what they could do.”



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