Tough draw boosts Brothers

By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE Brothers coach Matt Jones admits he may not have been the most objective viewer during his side's CQ Extended League A grade clash with CQU Norths on Sunday, but he loved every minute of it.

In an epic Marley Brown Oval battle in which fortunes swung several times, Brothers held on valiantly to hold a Central Comets-studded Chargers to a 24-24 draw.

'The fact that there were six Comets in that side made it all the more special,'' Jones said.

'Not only were Norths leading the competition, they were leading without having those six back in the side.'

Jones does not believe Comets players should be available for Extended League duties and cited Wallabys' first round loss to a similarly stacked Rockhampton Brothers side as a negative for the competition.

However, he said the fact the Comets did play proved that Brothers could beat any team in the competition.

Jones said Brothers did not realise they were facing a strengthened Chargers lineup until shortly before the game.

'"We then knew we had to lift to another level,' Jones said.

'We now know what we've got to produce every week ? there's no point producing an effort like that out of the bag and then putting it away again.'

Jones said all 17 of his players had produced excellent performances, believing that if just one had proved to be a 'weak link'' the game would have been lost.

However, he will miss busy prop Dave Ahern (torn shoulder ligaments) for 4-6 weeks while star fullback James Radloff is set to play for the Comets this weekend.



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