BLACKWATER Crushers were no match for the in-form Peak Downs Pirates, thrashed 58-4 in Tieri at the weekend.
The loss is at odds to the Crushers’ 44-16 win over Clermont Bears the previous week and can only be put down to a serious lack of commitment from its playing ranks.
“We struggled to get the numbers together on the day... it’s just about getting the players to show some commitment,” acting Crushers coach Ryan Campbell said.
“Those who were there played out of their skins. The scoreline actually could have been a lot worse.”
He added that despite the Crushers’ best efforts, they were at a loss to match the strong halves combination produced by the Pirates.
Campbell himself is still on the mend after surgery during the off-season and had planned on watching the Crushers season from the sideline. Circumstances, however, drew Campbell a different card and after just two rounds of the Central Highlands competition, he already finds himself on the playing pitch.
Blackwater’s Aaron Summers produced the visitors’ only try for the game, while Rowan Fickling picked up two for Tieri together with Cody Gray, Guy Gennings and a raft of other Pirates points getters.
The Crushers take on the Emerald Cowboys this weekend and will be hoping the neutral venue of Springsure serves more in their favour than Tieri.
Peak Downs Pirates were unavailable for comment.
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