MISSING PEICES: Nevin Fatu was one of five key players missing from the Hawks final clash with Caboolture.
MISSING PEICES: Nevin Fatu was one of five key players missing from the Hawks final clash with Caboolture. David Nielsen

Springfield stumble before final hurdle

SPRINGFIELD have tasted defeat for the first time this year with a 34-18 loss to Caboolture in the final round of the Barber Cup competition.

Undefeated from 15 games this season, the defending premiers finally met their match against the home side on Saturday.

In opposite pool groups, this was the first time the two sides met this year with the winner to be crowned Barber Cup minor premiers.

Springfield Barber Cup coach Jeremy Clark said he expects the Snakes to be high on confidence after the loss.

"Caboolture were up for it and they had a big crowd behind them,” Clark said. "They thoroughly deserved the win and we were unlucky not to score a couple of tries. We had one held up and another who lost the ball over the try line but they just used the penalties to finish off the back end of the game.”

Despite having their incredible run brought to an end, Clark said he'd rather have suffered the loss now than come finals time.

"I would definitely take a loss now than in the knock-outs,” he said. "If we'd gotten one of those tries we could have finished minor premiers. For some of these guys it's been 15 months since they last played in a loss.”

With a week off after finishing in second place, Clark expects a full compliment to be back in time for the Hawks first semi-final.

State of play

Barber Cup:

Everton Park 37 def Ipswich Rangers 29 at Horse Blake Oval, Everton Park.

Caboolture Snakes 34 def Springfield Hawks 18 at Kevin Kaeser Oval, Caboolture.

Wynnum 22 def Goodna Gladiators 14 at Evan Marginson Oval, Goodna.

Pegg Cup:

Springfield Hawks 19 def Caboolture Snakes 15 at Kevin Kaeser Oval, Caboolture.

Wynnum Bugs 27 def Goodna Gladiators 12 at Evan Marginson Oval, Goodna.

Ipswich Rangers bye.