Brothers break through for win number two
RUGBY LEAGUE: Brothers returned to the Rockhampton Rugby League A-Grade winners' circle after brushing aside the struggling Fitzroy Gracemere Sharks at Marley Brown Oval on Saturday night.
The Fish didn't have it all their way during the 30-point win with Fitzroy scoring the opening try before the home side responded with tries to Col Hillhouse, who finished with a hat-trick playing at centre, and Alex Smith to lead 10-4 midway through the first half.
The Sharks scored another try prior to half-time to lock the score up at 10-all, but had to play the opening 10 minutes of the second half with 12 men after winger Aubrey Alberts got sent to the sin bin.
Brothers scored twice while Alberts was off the field and they crossed for a third unanswered try when winger Paul Condren plucked a cross-field kick from half-back Ty Lockrey and dragged three defenders over the line to open up a 24-10 lead after 52 minutes.
The plucky Sharks responded almost instantaneously after Brothers made a mistake from the restart which led to a Justin Thaw try which brought the visitors back to a 10-point deficit.
Tries to Lockrey and Tyrone Hopgood snuffed out any hope of a Sharks comeback as Brothers jumped to a 34-14 lead.
Brothers' captain Hillhouse completed his hat-trick with tries in the 76th and 79th minute, with his final try coming from a pin-point kick from Anthony Lindeberg.
The win keeps Brothers in ninth place on the ladder, and they will play Tannum at Marley Brown Oval on Saturday night.
In other A-Grade results, Valleys went down away from home against Woorabinda, while Emu Park defeated Tannum 30-22 at home despite leading 10-0 early in the match.
Calliope and Wallabys both enjoyed big wins in reserves, 48-6 and 42-8 against Fitzroy and Gladstone Brothers respectively.
The Tannum Seagals remain undefeated in the women's competition after a 26-4 win against Emu Park, Wallabys won on forfeit against Callliope and competition newcomers Valleys were heavily defeated by Woorabinda.