Brothers retain second spot in convincing display

GLADSTONE Brothers maintained their hold on second spot with a convincing 36- 22 CQ Extended League victory over Rockhampton Brothers at Victoria Park on Saturday night.

The Gladstone outfit grabbed control of the match early and despite their Rock- hampton counterparts hitting back with some late tries, were never seriously troubled.

Gladstone Brothers coach Matt Jones praised his side's first half performance but admitted to some disappointment that the same intensity was not main- tained in the second half.

'We led 20-0 at halftime but I was a little bit disappointed that we backed off from that in the second half,' he said.

"(Rockhampton Brothers) played some catch-up footy in the second half and scored a couple of quick tries but we were never threatened.'

Classy halfback Ben Platt produced his best performance of an already impressive season to guide his side to victory while prop Ben Bultreys and second-row- er Nathan Cameron stood out in a reshuf- fled forward pack.

Platt finished with two tries while fullback James Radloff crossed for three and added three conversions.

With a shoulder injury likely to keep prop Dave Ahern out for six weeks and fellow front-rower Clint Doherty overseas for a fortnight, Jones said his side was lighter up front than he would have liked but his players had proved up to the task.

'There's a fair bit of confidence there and the guys have faith in each other ... they're just sticking to what they have to do,' Jones said.

Jones said regular centre Cameron had made a good fist of his move into the second-row during the past month ? a move designed to give the injury-plagued pack a boost in size.

Gladstone Brothers trail only CQU Norths on the premiership ladder.

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