Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Goodna's Home Crowd Support Vital in Cup Final

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Goodna's Home Crowd Support Vital in Cup Final

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RUGBY: Upbeat Goodna Gladiators hooker Andrew Tapuai is hoping his team's loyal supporters provide a winning advantage in tomorrow's Barber Cup mid-season final.

The stand-in skipper said the Gladiators enjoy playing at Evan Marginson Oval and that will be important in the President's Cup final against Pine Rivers.

"It's unbelievable. We always have a lot of people supporting,'' Tapuai said, excited about the 3pm clash at Goodna.

"That helps with the game and also helps the boys.''

Tomorrow's final also counts for points, setting up an important battle in Ipswich.

Pine Rivers won 15-10 at their home field the last time the sides met.

Tapuai said the Gladiators had already worked on a strategy to counter Pine Rivers after seeing the way they play.

"This time, we're actually letting the ball go, let the ball do all the work,'' he said.

"After seeing Pine Rivers spread the ball wide, that's something we can do better.''

After a week off from fixtures following a 33-17 win over Caboolture, Tapuai said the Gladiators were ready to see what they can achieve against Pine Rivers. …

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