Intense game for the Mountain Men
RUNNING off a tough loss to table-leaders Clermont last week, Blackwater Crushers steadied the ship against Springsure Mountain Men, winning 50-16 in Blackwater at the weekend.
With a 28-nil lead at half-time, Springsure players must have been looking for a miracle to reverse their fortunes.
Crushers players’ player Justin Daniels had a great game in the front-row, making some dominant metres downfield in attack and shouldering some bone-jarring tackles in defence.
Blackwater president Brett Hansen said the boys recomposed well after a short second-half lapse.
“They started to slacken off 10 minutes into the half but once we got word out there to tighten up, they were fine,” he said.
Springsure coach Ben Sullivan rated the match as one of the most intense games of the season.
“We just got out-muscled. They had the speed and we didn’t, that’s what it came down to,” Sullivan said.
Andrew Crook, Wayne York and second-rower Marcus Olsen, who usually comes off the bench but started with a run-on jersey this week, all made fine efforts for the Mountain Men.