Coaches happy with teams? performances

By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au

ALTHOUGH 44 points separated their teams, both coaches left happy after Saturday night's A grade rugby league trial match between Gladstone Brothers and Tannum Sands at Marley Brown Oval.

Brothers coach Matt Jones said his side showed the commitment he was looking for at this stage of the season with its 48-4 victory.

'We were a bit scrappy but you expect that at this time of year,' Jones said. But our fitness is OK which is all we've really been working on.'

Jones said his side had shown some complacency against a Tannum outfit which had been belted by Valleys the previous weekend, but was still pleased with his players' overall performance.

'With Tannum only having five fresh players (against Valleys) I think our boys decided that theyonly had to run on to win,' Jones said. 'But all I was looking for was effort and the guys showed me that.'

Jones said under-19 pair second-rower James McDonald and utility back Angus Wilson had impressed alongside big forward Todd Martin.

Appo said 10 of his starting 13 players had cemented A grade spots with whole-hearted efforts and said the team's performance was a big improvement on the loss to Valleys.

'Our biggest improvement was our completion rate which was a hell of a lot better ... we put some good sets of six together,' Appo said. 'It was a massive improvement right across the park ... we had 13 players play nearly 80 minutes of football.

Appo said his lock forward Luke Clow received the players' player award and also praised the performances of prop forwards Adam Marxsen and Brendan Rea and skipper Steve Surtees at five eighth.



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