Baa Baas mission ominous

ON paper, Coolangatta-Tweed’s task away to an in-form Gold Coast Eagles (3.15pm) appears ominous enough.

Without star back-rower Tamati Coates, the mission seems almost impossible against the second-placed outfit.

However, that’s the reality facing the Barbarians from here on in with Coates recalled to the Gold Coast Breakers squad for the remainder of the season.

A stand-out for the Baa Baas throughout what has been a particularly tumultuous return to the Gold Coast Rugby Union, Coates’ selection was well-deserved.

A powerful, elusive runner with ball in hand, impenetrable in defence and often first to the breakdown, the inspiring flanker/No.8 will no doubt be licking his lips at a return to representative rugby.

However, while the news is great on a personal note, a struggling Coolangatta Tweed have lost one of their best.

With just two wins and amazingly three draws from their 10 encounters thus far and sporting the second-worst points differential in the competition, The Barbarians find themselves just two rungs from the foot of the ladder.

Throw into the mix the departure of coach Kim Bending, a former Breakers coach just a fortnight ago and with seven rounds remaining, the Baa Baas’ run home looks like a long one.

But if history has shown us anything of the border hoppers, it’s that they will inevitably go down swinging. The Eagles have lost just two games all season and boast an intimidating 311 points for with merely 117 against.



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