Underdog Brothers hope for redemption in semi-final
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE Brothers will boast a strengthened outfit but still go in as underdogs for tomorrow's CQ Extended League A grade minor semi-final against Wallabys at Marley Brown Oval.
The Brethren will be bolstered by the return of fullback James Radloff and utility Nigel Robertson for the clash while prop Clint Doherty, injured last weekend, will also line up.
Brothers coach Matt Jones said it had been a tough week for his side after its 40-18 Gladstone and District Rugby League grand final loss on Sunday.
However, he did not think the loss was as bad as the scoreline might suggest.
'It's been a hard week, trying to get the boys back up,' Jones said. "The guys were a bit flat and a bit disappointed after the loss but they now have a chance to redeem themselves.
'I didn't think we went too bad. Wallabys played well and beat us, but in saying that, they scored four times from four kicks and they can go either way.'
Wallabys player/coach Aaron Farrar said his side would look for "more of the same'', using its size up front to dominate both in attack and in defence.
'I'm sure Brothers want to avenge their defeat from last week and will come out firing ... it's up to us to withstand the battle and be on our game. If we are, we know we can get the spoils.'
Farrar said his side was suffering only a few minor bumps and bruises following Sunday's decider and had trained strongly this week with another session to follow today.
He did not know if Jones would amend his game plan but believed Brothers would have to stand up to Wallabys if they were to prevent successive victories.
Brothers will also feature in two elimination semi-finals at Marley Brown Oval tomorrow, taking on Tannum Sands in the under-19s and Yeppoon in reserve grade.
Rockhampton Brothers and Biloela will meet in the A grade elimination semi-final in Rockhampton with the Brethren also contesting minor semi-finals against Fitzroy-Gracemere (reserve grade) and CQU Norths (under-19).