Bultreys vital in Brothers victory
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
JUDGING by appearances, Gladstone Brothers prop forward Ben Bultreys may be suited to the role of impact player in the CQ Extended League A grade premiership.
However, the big unit is gaining more time on the field each week and yesterday played an integral role in the Brethren's 44-14 victory in a sometimes spiteful encounter against Biloela at Marley Brown Oval.
Bultreys wreaked havoc with the Panthers' tacklers, almost always bending if not breaking Biloela's line with each run as he, Clinton Doherty and Chris Johnson laid the platform up front on which the win was built.
Tempers flared throughout the match with three major skirmishes breaking out, the third resulting in the sin binning of centres Nigel Robertson (Brothers) and Kelly Christensen (Biloela).
The second such incident could prove costly for Brothers with halfback Ben Platt finding himself at the bottom of the ruckus after diving over for his second try.
The skilful No.7 injured his arm in the incident, which occurred in the 29th minute, and did not return for the remainder of the game.
The Brethren completely outclassed Biloela in the first half, piling on six tries to lead 28-0 at the break.
The physical nature of the encounter seemed to put Brothers off their game plan early in the second stanza as the Panthers crossed three times between the 44th and 54th minutes to close the gap to 28-14.
However, once Brothers got back to playing football, they rattled off the final three tries, including a well-deserved second four-pointer to Bultreys, to wrap up the match.
Second-rower Nathan Cameron, fiveeighth Will Jarvis, lock Russell Groth and winger Chris Anderson were strong for Brothers while fullback Dan Ramsey and half Paul Pyziakos battled hard for Biloela.