Last Saturday the Brisbane Hustlers had their first trial match against the Wynnum Bugs. Taking to the field under the leadership of first time captain, Marty, the team were eager to put their month and a half of intense training to the test.
In the first quarter the team were still finding their feet, which allowed the more experienced Bugs to gain an early lead. However, in the second quarter the Brisbane Hustlers started to come together as team and make huge improvements – especially around the breakdown and scrums.
At half time the team got some clear messages around areas for improvements from the coaches, and kicked off the second half with a clear directive on how to get some more offensive possession. In the third quarter the Hustlers kept the Bugs in their own half through some relentless work from the forward pack; whilst creating some opportune runs for the backline. Unfortunately, the Hustlers were kept scoreless in the third quarter.
However, it was not long into the 4th quarter that the team were able to create and opportunity for points. After some tight phase play, Isaac our new star second rower was able to catch the opposition off guard and snatch a four pointer.
In the end, the Hustlers could not close the gap and the Bugs walked away victorious – but the Hustlers achieved redemption, easily winning the post-game Boat Race.
Overall, the team and coaches were happy with the progress the team has made in the last 6 weeks; and while the cardio can always be better, there was no shortage of determination and pride in the Hustlers’ performance.
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