ON THE BALL: Noosa Pirates are back in the top grade.
ON THE BALL: Noosa Pirates are back in the top grade. Contributed

Noosa Pirates are here to stay, says coach

RUGBY LEAGUE: Coach Ron Greentree is confident Noosa will see out the season in Sunshine Coast's division one, despite struggling to field a side last weekend.

Alarm bells were ringing after the win-less Pirates had just 14 men for its round three clash with Caloundra at Golden Beach, where it was thumped 62-22.

It comes on the back of a disappointing 2016 campaign, when the club withdrew from the region's top-tier after seven games because it could not field a competitive team.

But Greentree said his team will "absolutely" get through this year's journey.

"It (the current situation) is nothing like it was last year and we're certainly not in the position we were in last year to drop out of first division,"

"We're fully supported by the league and we know some games are going to be tough.

"That score on Saturday night only blew out in the last 10 minutes when our boys were stuffed and Caloundra was still full of running because they had a full number of reserves. The score wasn't really a reflection of the whole game, considering the circumstances."

The Pirates were down on troops due to injuries and other commitments but still battled gamely.

"At half time it was 34-22 so we were only two tries behind them and we had 13 men for the second half."

He was sure the team would be more competitive for the remainder of the season.

"I'm confident we're not going to have a scoreline like that against us again.

"We've still got some guys out but they'll come back eventually and we'll be stronger."

The Pirates were re-admitted into the competition with support from fringe state league players.

"The guys who have come in from the (Sunshine Coast) Falcons just need some time (to gel with local players)," Greentree said.

"We had a really good run last night (Wednesday) and they just need some time together to get some combinations and confidence."

The Pirates' talent and depth will be put to the test against ladder leader Kawana at Bokarina on Saturday night.

"The games get harder but we'll hopefully put on a good show."

The Pirates will welcome back some players for the clash, including influential prop Liam Anlezark.


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