Battle again for Barbarians

COOLANGATTA Tweed Heads Barbarians were outplayed in almost every facet of the game when they played Colleges in the season opener but are keen for a rematch today at Ashmore.

The Baa Baas have struggled since they transferred to the Gold Coast Rugby Union competition and are continuing to learn patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet.

Coach Kim Bending said he feared the game would play out as it did in round one when everyone lacked health and strength.

“We are in a similar situation and we are underdone ... having a four-week break has had an impact,” he said. “I am not excited about the circumstances and match fitness will be the telling point.”

The Baa Baas missed out on their round eight clash with Coomera due to poor conditions and Bending is concerned it could have harmed their chances of securing fifth spot.

“I think if we had played Coomera and beaten them, we would have been in fifth spot which was our goal for the season,” he said.

Some good news swept into the Baa Baas camp this week when their captain Tamati Coates was selected to play for the Gold Coast Breakers this weekend.

Coates said he was really excited about the fantastic opportunity and he wouldn’t be able to play for the Baa Baas as times clashed. “I have been training with the Breakers and I found out on Wednesday I would be playing this week ... I was absolutely stoked,” he said.

“Hopefully I will have a good game and take the next steps from there. Unfortunately I can’t play for my team this week but everyone at the club has been really supportive of my playing with the Breakers.”

Bending said he had put Tamati, Mitch Planton and Luke Osberg-Bauer forward to the Breakers as he felt they deserved recognition for their hard work.

In other matches, Helensvale play Coomera, Alleygators take on Eagles, Bond Pirates face Surfers and Nerang have a bye.

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