Brothers prop Ben Bultreys (with ball) and Wallabys duo Matt Rogers (left) and Garry Brown
Brothers prop Ben Bultreys (with ball) and Wallabys duo Matt Rogers (left) and Garry Brown

Caught short

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

MORE than just the two points go on the line when rivals Wallabys and Gladstone Brothers meet in tomorrow's CQ Extended League A grade match of the round at Marley Brown Oval.

The Brethren may have won 40-26 when these two teams last met, but face an uphill task in this clash without classy halfback Ben Platt and Trevor Huth through injury.

Throw their absences on top of that of point-scoring machine James Radloff (Central Comets) and Brothers could be there for the taking.

One man who doesn't believe that is coach Matt Jones who said his boys are ready to fire against the defending premiers.

"Obviously Ben and Trev are big losses, but their absence doesn't take away from the way we want to play,'' Jones said.

"Whenever we play Wallabys there is plenty of feeling and we are expecting a big forward battle. Our strength as a football team is us playing well as a unit and I think if we play good team football, we are a big chance of winning.''

Wallabys' coach Aaron Farrar agrees with Jones, expecting the forward battle to have a major say on the final result.

"I think the team that wins, is the one who's forward pack lays the best platform,'' Farrar said.

"Both sides have a number of quality backs, but without the platform it will be tough ? playing Brothers is a pinnacle game for us.''

Farrar added Wallabys are primed to go after having the bye last weekend and said his team go into the game at full-strength.

"We have everyone on deck and if everyone turns-up on the day, I think we can do the job,'' he said.

It promises to be a great clash, kick-off is at 3pm.

In the round's other matches, Tannum Sands host Yeppoon at Dennis Park tonight, Valleys travel to Rockhampton Brothers and Fitzroy-Gracemere face a tough task against Biloela.



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