Luke Osberg (top, red) will be in action for the Baa Baas against Coomera this afternoon.
Luke Osberg (top, red) will be in action for the Baa Baas against Coomera this afternoon.

Barbarians to face the Crushers

THE Coolangatta Tweed Barbarians have the potential to achieve something wonderful this afternoon when they face Coomera Crushers at Goodwin Park.

They approach the round-eight clash of the Gold Coast competition with enthusiasm after their convincing win over Bond Pirates last week.

Captain Tamati Coates said there was a very good feeling around the camp, and the team was hoping to pencil in consecutive victories.

“I am hoping we get an easy game, but I don’t think that will happen after they beat Colleges last week and Colleges beat us in the opening round,” he said.

“We are all keen to have two wins together and we are not entering the game lightly.”

The Baa Baas are in for a battle, as the Crushers have a lot of large players in their team, Coates said.

“They have big Kiwi guys, which is similar to us, so that means it will get pretty physical out there,” he said. “I will definitely be playing, and I have got a knee injury, but I will play through it.”

Coates has been putting in the hard yards this season and has been doing some extra cross-training.

“I am involved with an outrigging club for a bit of training and I enjoy it, plus it keeps me fit.”

Coach Kim Bending said Coates had been playing very well and he had nominated him for selection for a Gold Coast team, as there is a special match planned in July featuring the American Service team.

“I hope he gets selected, as he has been working hard and he is definitely up to the mark,” he said.

The Baa Baas are taking steps to establish themselves as a competitive club, Bending said.

“We want to give our players opportunities and we are training with the Gold Coast Breakers next week,” he said. “It is a great thing for us and we will have some scrummages against them because at the moment we don’t have a scrum machine at the club.”

The Baa Baas are also looking outside the square to strengthen their kicking game as well.

“We are approaching the Coolangatta Tweed Heads Blues Australian Rules team for a kicking coach so we can get some yardage in our kicks,” Bending said.

Kick-off is 3.15pm.

Other matches: Helensvale v Eagles, Surfers v Alleygators, Nerang v Bond Pirates; Colleges have a bye.

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