Spring in step as Mariners win

THE Fraser Coast Mariners are proving themselves to be a force to be reckoned with in the Bundaberg spring rugby union competition.

The determined team won its second round match on Friday night against the East Coast Buccaneers.

While the team felt its first round efforts against the Alloway Falcons could be improved upon, Mariners player Stephen Shine said the side was much happier with their performance against the Buccaneers.

Standout performances from Michael Bugeja and Emmanuel Komung helped the Mariners over the line against the Falcons and a side close to full strength took on the Buccaneers.

The five teams competing in the round robin event will each play one another once over the five week season.

The semi finals will then kick off and Shine said the Mariners were confident of making it deep into the competition and possibly even winning it.

The Mariners had a strong year in the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union competition, finishing fifth, and that will give the team added confidence over the coming weeks.

The team won the match 34-5.

“It was a good defensive effort,” Shine said.

“We held them out.”

The Mariners were able to hold the Buccaneers scoreless until the team scored a late try in the second half.

“It was good - we only let in the one try.”

Shine felt the team could have put more points on the board but said that overall the performance was an improvement on their first round match.

The team had discussed making a strong defensive effort at training on Saturday night and Shine said their determination to do just that was definitely in evidence.

Despite the lopsided score line, Shine said the match was a lot harder than it might appear.

“It was a hard game,” he said.

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