STRONG: USC Barbarians will look to improve their opening plays heading into the pointy end of the season. Pictured is Rawiri Wilson.
STRONG: USC Barbarians will look to improve their opening plays heading into the pointy end of the season. Pictured is Rawiri Wilson. Chris Portors Photography

Barbarians to focus on nailing faster starts

RUGBY UNION: While the USC Barbarians achieved another "gutsy” come-from-behind victory, coach Brad Tronc says it's something they can't afford to keep doing.

The Barbarians managed to snare a three-point 36-33 triumph over Wynnum on the road on Saturday.

While the win maintained their dominance in the competition, it didn't come easily with the outfit staring down the barrel of an imposing deficit shortly after kick-off.

"They (Wynnum) basically got out to a 21-0 lead after about 10 minutes,” Tronc said.

"Our heads were still on the bus a little bit and to Wynnum's credit they played some really good football in the opening stages and we weren't good enough to go with them.

"(But) we ended up getting back to be in front at half time 22-21.

"After that start and to lead at halftime by a point was just a real gutsy effort.”

While pleased they could hold on in the second stanza and score a late try to nail the win, Tronc said the Barbarians needed to address how they entered games.

He said it was a concerning issue, especially as they headed towards finals.

"It wasn't an ideal start and to their credit they came out (and played well),” he said.

"But, getting into the business end of the season we can't afford to give teams starts like that and expect to come back every time.

"'I don't know if it's complacency because we've been winning.

"But, it's definitely something we will be addressing, whether it's how we turn up, how the warm-up is or whatever it is we'll regroup and get everyone together and try to address it.”

They'll host Noosa this weekend for what is their final regular season home fixture.

He said it would be a big clash and was hopeful Alex Clark and their lock could overcome ankle injuries sustained in the weekend's match to be ready and firing.

Their match is the second-last fixture of the regular season and Noosa enter the game following a mighty 67-19 trouncing of Caboolture.

In other games, Maroochydore host Caboolture and Wynnum take on Caloundra.



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