16 April, 2021
FNQ Rugby: Mudcrabs Rugby Union: Ruck & Maul – Friday April 16
Match Report Mudcrabs v Wanderers 09/04/2021
In the Cairns Northern Beaches Mudcrabs opening game for 2021 the boys came up short, losing to Cairns Wanderers at the death 20-19.
The Crabs were led by a physical defensive effort from Captain Sam Taylor and Crabs young gun Kevin Nelson.
Second Rowers Alex Hampton and JD Baker-Spittles were both solid in a strong scrummaging effort from the Crabs.
The game opened with a JD Baker-Spittles try with Wanderers hitting back not long after to level the scores at 7-7.
Captain Sam Taylor then crashed over for the Crabs’ 2nd try, putting them ahead 12-7 at the break. The Wanderers started the 2nd half with a quick try and adding a second 15 minutes later to lead 17-12.
Winger Kane Barry, with what could end up being the try of the season, gathered a Kini Nanavo cross-field kick that put the Crabs up 19-17 after Nordine Belfadel hit the conversion from the sideline.
After some brave defence on the line Wanderers kicked a late penalty goal to seal the match.
Overall it was a positive start for the Crabs, who look to bounce back against JCU Mariners at Ivanhoes Rugby League grounds this Saturday 16/04/2021 at 2.30pm.
Meet the Mudcrabs, our first player profiles.
Job/occupation: Totally Workwear Employee
Hobbies/interests: Modelling and Real Estate
Crab you’re most looking forward to playing with this year and why: Shadrach Cane-Toby because we have never played Rugby Union together before.
Name: Paul-Phoenix Inglis
Position/s: 2nd row, flanker
Crab you’re most looking forward to playing with this year and why: Older brother James Inglis, growing up I’ve always looked up to him so it’ll be good to play alongside him for the first time.