By NATHAN MCLEAN
NOOSA Pirates’ Saturday night loss 24-6 to Gympie highlighted to all players the value of leadership.
Lewis Foot (lock) and James Harrison (hooker) both had early nights due to injuries. Both players are instrumental in moving the team around, directing plays and lifting effort when required.
Their early exits saw the Pirates rudderless in the first half, and the dominant Gympie pack provided their team momentum in the ruck which their backs were able to turn into 18 unanswered points.
A reshuffle and a few words of wisdom at half time resulted in a much more closely contested game with each team scoring six apiece in the second half.
Kyle Schefe had an outstanding man-of-the-match game courageously hitting the ball up against a much bigger Gympie pack. Stand-in number 9 Jake Thomson also had an outstanding game scoring Noosa’s only try and Jake Carlisle also deserves a mention for his brave work at fullback.
A cold night at Gympie and a lesson for the lads.