IN ACTION: Nambour Toads player Fraser Martin looks to off load after a high take with Maroochydore Swans Rick Portingale in defence last year.
IN ACTION: Nambour Toads player Fraser Martin looks to off load after a high take with Maroochydore Swans Rick Portingale in defence last year. Patrick Woods

Toads have the game but need consistency: club official

RUGBY UNION: As the Nambour Rugby Union Club prepares to host its annual sevens tournament, the club's rugby manager believes the Toads' A-grade side boasts the best game of any club on the Sunshine Coast.

The men in red have battled in the region's top-flight for several seasons, only just edging into the four-team play-offs of a five-time premiership last year.

But there's plenty of potential at Laidlaw Road, according to Ross Dale.

"We have one of the youngest A-grade teams in the competition and I think we play the best game of any club out there,” he said. "But steadiness is the key.”

Indeed, a lack of consistency has been the Toads' biggest problem in recent years. The side has shown flashes of brilliance but failed to make an impact when it really counts.

Dale's team has chance to build a season platform at the Palmwoods Hotel Festival of Sevens on February 25, when the victor will claim $1000.

Then it will turn its attention to a pre-season trial against Wynnum at home on March 18 before the regular season starts with an away clash to Maroochydore on March 25.

A runner-up in 1999 and 2007, the Toads are desperate to return to the grand final in coming seasons.

"We know we have some great teams in the making here (including reserve grade),” Ross said.

"We're a club on the rise and that's exciting for all Toads fans.



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