Brothers defeat reigning premiers Wallabys
GLADSTONE Brothers bounced back from their pre-season final loss against Wallabys defeating the reigning premiers 40-26 in their CQ Extended League clash on Saturday at Marley Brown Oval.
The Brethren scored seven tries to five to win a traditionally tough encounter over 80 minutes.
Brothers coach Matt Jones was pleased with his team's fourth win of the season which keeps them in second spot behind the CQU Norths Chargers.
'The boys played well enough to win and I am always happy to get a win against Wallabys in what was a nice, tough game,' Jones said.
Yet again, the Brethren's forwards laid a strong platform with lock Will Jarvis and skipper Russell Groth in the best, while ever-consistent centre Trevor Huth crossed for a double.
Jones also mentioned the performance of under-19 utility Angus Wilson and Dave Zammit who was lively off the bench.
An understrength Wallabys never stopped trying with coach Aaron Farrar leading from the front with two tries and centre Chris Butler also posting a double.
Wallabys were missing 10 regular A grade squad members with many attend- ing regular halfback Garry Brown's wed- ding with Farrar pleased his makeshift side stayed in the contest for much of the match.
'The guys went really well to stay in the hunt,' Farrar said. "The reserve graders really stood up.
'We knew Brothers were missing a few but also knew they would still be well- drilled.'
Farrar nominated Butler, five-eighth Ashley Dodd, halfback Matt Baker and lock Adam Hamilton as his side's best. Farrar's next hurdle is his front-row partner Matt Rogers' wedding which may also prove a drain on numbers.