Barbarian Luke English is rounded up by the Helensvale defence in Saturday’s 13-all draw.
Barbarian Luke English is rounded up by the Helensvale defence in Saturday’s 13-all draw.

Barbarians draw again

THEY are under the squeeze in the Gold Coast Rugby Union but the Coolangatta Tweed Barbarians were still trying to generate something positive from a difficult season on Saturday when they played Helensvale Hogs.

The round 11 match at Goodwin Park was a challenging one for the Baa Baas and they showed a depth of responsibility but it wasn’t enough for victory in a 13-13 draw.

The statemate followed their round two 19-19 draw. The teams battled for the honour of inaugural winner of the Hot Tomato Cup between the two clubs.

Because of the draw, the teams tossed a coin at the end of the game for the trophy and the Hogs won. Club president Keri Tamariki said it was a tight match and a number of players showed great form.

“It was a very close game and they played in good spirit because the two clubs respect each other,” he said. “Playing well for us was Luke Osberg-Bayer, Hiri Moore and the Jacobs brothers – Rareti and Nuts.”

The Baa Baas never underestimated their opponents and at halftime the score was 5-5.

Tamariki said Osberg-Bayer filled out his new captaincy role well and had been assisting Mitch Planton.



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