Good crowd expected for Saturday’s semifinal

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With 15 from 15 wins in the round robin and stitching up the AWS Challenge Cup, the Eastern Northern Barbarians’ focus is now on its semifinal tomorrow.
The side has gone through its season undefeated to host a home semifinal against fourth-placed qualifier Kelvin Hotel Marist Premiers.
The Barbarians capped their round robin off in spectacular style with a crushing 78-7 win over Star.
Barbarians coach Bretton Taylor said while the score was good, the match did little going into knockout rugby.
‘‘It’s going to be a lot tougher this week. We will need to bring a little extra and play at a higher intensity,’’ Taylor said.
He said he was proud of what his players had achieved going through the round robin undefeated, but it was a job only half done.
‘‘We will need to have a ‘win at all costs’ attitude and mentality because we know if we lose the match we are out.’’
Taylor was happy with the strength in the squad. Players were coming into the side and filling in seamlessly, making it difficult to pick a side for the game.
He said the game was a 22-man game these days and he expected all his players in the squad to make an impact.
Taylor appreciated local support.
‘‘We have had great support from the community so far this season and we hope to get another good crowd down for the semifinal this weekend.’’