Barbarians' stun Wollongbar
THE Coolangatta Tweed Barbarians scored a surprise victory over Wollongbar Alstonville at Goodwin Park in Coolangatta in their round 13 Far North Coast rugby union clash on Saturday.
Sitting second from the bottom of the ladder and having had some poor results in the last few matches, Tweed wasn't expected to win, but did it in style - 33-17.
“It was the best and strongest team we have been able to field this season,” coach Mark Iannelli said.
“It's a shame that we can do it at the end of the season.
“In the dressage sheds prior to the game, the players were saying 'lets go out there and have a bit of fun' and it showed.
“Our continuity was great, there was plenty of talking and everyone knew what was required.
“I'm sure if we had that team throughout the season, we wouldn't be sitting where we are on the table.”
The five tries to three victory will give Tweed some confidence going into their final match of the year against Casino in Casino next week.
“We hope to take the same team to Casino and finish the season strongly with another win,” Iannelli said.
Tweed was best served by fullback Mark Robson, winger Ash Mareroa and captain Mitch Planten playing at lock.
Unfortunately for Tweed their Seconds, who are still in the hunt for a semi final berth, 'self destructed' against Wollongbar going down 41-17.
After a promising start which saw Tweed score the opening try, poor on-field discipline and an apparent lack of match fitness took its toll as the visitors began to assert themselves.
Tweed remains in fifth position, four points adrift of Lennox Head who plays Lismore next week.
A bonus point win against Casino and a win to Lismore could see Tweed sneak into the top four, but their game will have to improve from Saturday's performance.
In other FNC results Lismore smashed Grafton 48-6, Casino held on against Southern Cross 26-20 and Lennox Head upset Ballina 25-5.