Barbarians snap losing stretch to nab first win of season

TRY TIME: USC's captain Matt Leider crosses.
TRY TIME: USC's captain Matt Leider crosses. Patrick Woods

RUGBY UNION: The monkey's off the back for the University of the Sunshine Coast, which finally claimed its breakthrough win this season.

The Barbarians beat Maroochydore 28-14 at Sippy Downs to snap an eight-game losing sequence.

University came close to a maiden win last month, when it was edged by a point against the Swans.

The side made sure of things this time, scoring four converted tries.

"It's good to get a first win, especially with a bonus point, so it's even more rewarding for us," coach Rhys Roberts said.

"I think it's the start of something we can build upon as well."

It's still last of four teams in the region's A-grade competition and but is just two points behind Maroochydore in the race for a top-three finals-bound position, with five rounds remaining.

"Our aim coming into the season, as a collective group, was to reach a final so we're definitely on that track," he said.

"We started a bit slow as the results show but hopefully the back-end of the season is when we can start clicking as a group."

In the other match, Noosa extended its flawless season-winning run with a 32-12 victory over Caloundra at Sunshine Beach.

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