Bashed Brothers produce a strong second half
RUGBY LEAGUE: They came in their droves to see history.
In Gladstone Brothers Junior Fields' first-ever game under lights, both Gladstone Brothers and their Rockhampton counterparts put on a show for the several hundreds of spectators who came.
It was a 38-6 win to a polished Rocky outfit, but Gladstone Brothers' coach Danny Blair saw a lot what he liked in the first round of the Rockhampton Senior Local Rugby League Incorporated extended A-grade competition.
"The second half was only 8-6 to them and it was a really good second half," he said.
"Basically the game was our first real hit-out as a team and our first 12 minutes we played at our best defensively."
Gladstone suffered a setback when Clint Docherty failed a fitness test before the game which mean Pryce Trevor was forced to move from hooker to half-back.
Two regulars also had prior commitments and could not play for Gladstone Brothers.
With as many as six new players which included three who stepped up from under-20s from last season, Blair said it took a while for Brothers to gel.
"Jack Morgan, Carl Robinson and Brandon Steele - they were really good for us," the coach said of the U20 trio.
"Carl played front row, Jack on a wing and Brandon came off the bench and all did well."
Blair lamented a poor 25-minute patch during which the hosts tuned the ball over and completed just three sets.
That was when Brothers of the Rocky variety flexed their muscles before the game evened out as a contest in the back half.
"The second half reflected on what we can actually achieve and we gelled a lot better as a team," he said.
Col Hillhouse slid through for Gladstone Brothers' only try of the day in the second half with Pryce Trevor duly slotting home the conversion.
Full-back Terry Sawyer was as reliable as ever in defence for the hosts.
In the other grades at the junior fields, Gladstone Brothers mounted a second half comeback against Calliope Roosters in reserve grade, but lost while Rocky were too good in the U20 game.
All results should be found on the Rockhampton Senior Local Rugby League Inc. website.