SB Eagles claw their back to victory
Rugby League South Burnett Eagles are one step closer to the Madsen-Rasmussen cup after another nail-biting win on the weekend.
Currently holding on tight to second place, the under-18 Eagles game from behind to beat the Gatton Hawks, 29-22.
Going into the half-time break at 10-10, coach, Mitch Cush praised his boys for persevering right through to the final siren.
"It was a really good game of footy,” he said.
A full house in Gatton saw the Hawks score two quick tries after half-time to take the home side to 22-10.
"They had some big boys,” Cush said.
But the resilient South Burnett team clawed their way back to level the score at 22-22.
A field goal from Tyreece Gyemore put the Eagles in front and a late converted try sealed the win.
Cush said his role as coach is made easier because of the type of players he has in the team.
"These guys don't need coaching,” he said.
"They just know footy.”
Last week's win keeps the South Burnett team in a good position leading into the prestigious Madsen-Rasmussen Cup on Sunday June 23.
Sitting two points behind ladder leaders Souths, and one point in front of Dalby and Highfields, the Eagles are in a must-win situation.
With two more round games before the cup, the Eagles must win both games to maintain their second place spot.
"There is not much between first and fifth,” he said.
The week after the Madsen-Rasmussen Cup is the 47th Battalion representative tournament.
Some critics say the immense amount of top level rugby league will be too much for the teenage players.
But the Eagles coach believes it is a great experience for his players to prepare them for the pointy end of the season.
"If we want to win the grand final you have to be under pressure,” Cush said.
"It gives these kids a bit of a taste of what it's like to play on the big day.”
Cush said the fact his team were a close-knit group of players has shown in their favourable results.
"What I like about this team is they are all good mates,” he said.
"They are all playing for each other.”
He said a big part of his players success is their willingness to listen and their openness to learning.
"They've all got open ears,” he said.
This will bode well as they inch closer and closer to the increased pressure and intensity that comes with finals football.
"It will definitely be a big stage for these guys,” Cush said.
"They'll see what its all about.”