Wallabys beat off resurgence
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
WALLABYS muscled their way to successive Gladstone and District Rug- by League A grade premierships with a 40-18 victory over Brothers at Marley Brown Oval yesterday.
Although securing the title with a comfortable margin, Wallabys had to withstand a mid-game resurgence from the Brethren before triumphing in a de- cider featuring plenty of big hits and exciting passages of play.
Brothers started impressively when quick hands along the line sent winger Chris Anderson over for the first of his tries in the eighth minute.
Wallabys' defence held out further Brothers raids before the defending champions took control by crossing for three tries between the 19th and 32nd minutes, including two to Graham Warde, charging to an 18-4 lead.
Brothers narrowed the gap when, seconds before halftime, they again spun the ball along the line for centre Trevor Huth to cross. Pivot Clint Do- cherty converted for an 18-10 scoreline.
A try to lock Adam Hamilton five minutes after the break put Wallabys ahead 22-10 before Brothers wingers Anderson (48th minute) and Mitch Graving (59th) crossed to give Brothers a chance at 22-18 down.
However, another two Warde tries and one to Daniel Beahan sealed the issue for Wallabys.
Hamilton was named player of the final while centre Chris Butler, half- back Garry Brown and props Aaron Farrar and Matt Rogers also played strongly. Lock Russell Groth was Brothers' best while hooker Dean O'Dowd and back-rower Nathan Cam- eron also stood out.