Barbarians show pre-season promise

COOLANGATTA-Tweed coach Mark Iannelli has declared the Barbarians are on track for a big year after an impressive trial match with Gold Coast Rugby Union outfit Colleges at Goodwin Park on Saturday.

While no official score was kept, Ianelli said the Baa Baas' performance was a marked improvement on where they were this time last year.

“I was really happy with how we went and considering it was the first time the boys have played together they did extremely well,” Ianelli said.

“It was impressive to watch, particularly when they gelled together towards the end, as I had many players trialling new positions and they were experimental with the ball in hand.

“There was a notable lack of fitness and the defensive patterns weren't there but I've now got a better idea of who will play where, especially in the forwards.”

The Baa Baas have maintained the majority of the squad that went within a whisker of taking the title in 2008 but have also attracted plenty of new faces with more than 60 players trialling on Saturday.

Flanker Shane Proctor put his hand up for the captaincy, leading by example in both defence and attack.

The Baa Baas will continue their pre-season preparations when the host Redland Bay at Goodwin Park on March 28.



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