Baa Baas call secret weapon

By TANIA PHILLIPS

WHAT a difference a week or too makes - the Coolangatta Barbarians are feeling revived, have a new Samoan secret weapon and are raring to turn their season around.

The Baa Baas take on Colleges - their Gold Coast and District Rugby Union bogey team - at Goodwin Park, Coolangatta this afternoon.

Coach Dave Proctor said last week's break due to the rain had been good for the Baa Baas.

Just a few weeks ago the team, disheartened by player suspensions and run-ins with referees, looked like they were out of the finals race.

But a win two weeks ago and the break seems to have inspired them. "We had a relaxing Saturday last week," Proctor said.

"We had a very good training this week - I was very pleased with our run."

He said the side had not beaten Colleges for several years but their aim was to make the top four and they had to beat Colleges to get there.

"We have been very close and should've, would've, could've (beaten them) but have just missed out," Proctor said.

He said hooker John Yates was out with a broken arm but they had a new five- eighth in the side for the game.

"He has only just arrived from Samoa," Proctor said.

"He is Afa Saiua's cousin and I only know his first name. I am looking forward to seeing him in action on the field."

Meanwhile, Palm Beach Currumbin will be without star fullback Braidon Boniface who is away on representative duties.

The Alleygators take on Bond at Pizzey Park, Miami this afternoon. It is an important game for all of the club's sides with a chance to pick up valuable points in the race for the club championship.



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