Size makes the difference - Huth
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
BROTHERS' two-try hero Trevor Huth believes more size up front has given the Brethren more artillery in their quest for Gladstone and extended A grade rugby league titles in 2006.
The experienced centre crossed for Brothers' first and last tries in their 32-12 victory over the previously unbeaten Wallabys at Marley Brown Oval yesterday.
Brothers were dynamic early, exploding out of the blocks to race to a 22-0 halftime lead and then holding firm in the second half when Wallabys launched a concerted bid to work back into the game.
Huth said coach Matt Jones and the players had been mindful of the importance of a good start to the game after losing their first round clash to Biloela.
'We had to prove something because against Biloela we came out too slow,' Huth said.
'We know that Wallabys like to play the full 80 minutes and today they were never going to give up.'
Huth said the presence of big units Brad Gorman and Damien Hodge had added size and power to the Brethren pack, enabling them to meet the challenge of a Wallabys engine room which has outmuscled them in key games in recent years.
Huth opened the scoring for the Brethren, beating three defenders to score out wide, and they maintained their advantage for the remainder of the first half, crossing four times for a 22-0 lead at the break.
On a day in which Wallabys looked flat across the park, they still showed some fight to post the first two four-pointers of the second half, reducing Brothers' lead to 14, before winger Jason McDonald crossed in the 60th minute to snuff out thoughts of a comeback.
Garry Brown's move from hooker to halfback appeared to be the catalyst for the resurgence.
Brothers' first half exploits were made possible through their use of bodies in motion with plenty of players supporting the ball carrier, with Huth's second try off a superb Dave Ahern offload highlighting the approach.