Clermont Bears take on Peak Downs Pirates defence in Emerald.
Clermont Bears take on Peak Downs Pirates defence in Emerald.

Pirates muscle in on Bears

PEAK Downs Pirates may have walked away clear 68-0 winners in their Central Highlands clash with Clermont Bears but it was cold comfort for their coach Mitch Wyatte.

He said their final game of the regular season was anything but a walk in the park as the points score suggested.

“It was still a really tough game, it definitely felt a lot harder than what it probably looked,” Wyatte said.

Marc Fickling ran in four tries for the Pirates while Nathan Sandilands kept his kicking percentage intact, nailing all 10 conversions.

However the win came at a heavy toll with three players still in doubt with injury, two of them serious, for tomorrow’s night’s final against Blackwater.

“We’ll give them until Friday (today) to see if they’re ready,” Wyatte said.

Clermont halfback Liam Williams said it was disappointing to see their season finish the way it did and held grave fears for next year’s competition.

“I’m not looking forward to next season,” he said. “With the way things are it doesn’t look like there will be much of a competition does it?”

Against the Pirates, Williams said they didn’t fare much better.

“In the first half we dropped out heads and got belted by 50 points,” he said. “We only started with 13 (players).”

“By the second we banded together and managed to restrict them a bit.”


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