Nambour wins but realises weakness
RUGBY LEAGUE: It takes more than a dominant second half against Noosa-Gympie to convince Nambour taskmaster James Boyce his team is ready to take down Caboolture.
The Crushers farewelled home fans with a dominant 48-10 win over Noosa-Gympie in yesterday's elimination final but Boyce knows he needs more from his team when the playoff campaign hits the road.
"There's many a thing we've got to improve," Boyce said.
"So we'll go out to training and work on them again and come out Sunday next."
The biggest positive for Nambour was the fact the team seemed to improve as the hot afternoon wore on.
The Crushers closed the game with five unanswered tries in a 30-minute spree that marked a sombre end to Noosa-Gympie's short tenure.
Nambour's outside backs ran rampant with winger Matt Bowd scoring a double and left-edge companion Jake Madsen also crossing from long range.
But the game was won in the middle and the Crushers' ability to hold the ball and wear down the Pirate-Devils was the telling factor.
Boyce expects a similar battle next weekend when his side travels to Caboolture, which lost to Maroochydore yesterday, for another elimination finals in the afternoon heat.
"They're always big so we've got a big battle up front next week, so we'll see how we go," he said.
"Every game when we're doing knockouts is pressure, so we've just got to keep going."
Pirate-Devils player-coach Liam Anlezark said it was a sad way to end the season after the two clubs fought so hard to stay in the competition.
Gympie and Noosa merged earlier in the year when severe player shortage had Bribie Island bail and threatened to force Gympie to leave.
"Disappointed is probably an understatement," Anlezark said.
"We had a lot more to give, we just didn't turn up. Played stupid footy.
"I'm proud of the boys and I can't say a bad word about anyone in my squad.
"They're all great fellas and everyone is doing the right thing. It's just disappointing we couldn't put it together a little better on the day."
(J Lawton 2, M Bowd 2, S Millar, D Brook, M Ward, K Knight, J Madsen tries; S Millar 6 goals)
(M Brockwell, J Greaves tries; J James goals)