Brothers' clean sweep
A MASSIVE Marley Brown crowd witnessed a Brothers procession yesterday when the Gladstone side took out the triple-crown, winning every competition from A-grade through to the under-20s.
In the top grade, Brothers came back from a 12-10 half time deficit to register a convincing 38-16 win over traditional rivals Wallabys.
Wallabys were a man short for a majority of the fixture, after captain-coach Danny McAllister was sent-off for an innocuous looking hit in the first half.
Brothers coach Mark Graham said he was pleased with the win and the effort displayed by his side after the break.
“I’m very happy, it was a very good effort from our boys, I felt a bit for the Wallabys lads having a bloke down but that’s the way it goes,” he said.
“I thought we played strongly towards the end of the game anyway but it was a fitting game, it was very hard and we’re very happy to get away with it.
“I’ve got to give the Wallabys lads a wrap it’s hard to play in this heat with 12 men, so they hung tough for a long time.”
He also said it was a thrill for the club to claim all three coveted premierships.
“We’ve been in every grand final since I’ve been here and this is the first time we’ve come up three out of three,” he said.
Brothers opened the scoring after eight minutes when standout five eighth Jamie Russo strolled through a gap in the Wallabys defence from dummy half.
Wallabys hit back through Ron Craig and Aaron Farrar to take a 12-6 lead, but Andrew Murdoch brought Brothers to within two points following back to back penalties which culminated in McAllister’s send off late in the first half.
Wallabys could have gone to the break further in front if not for several disallowed tries due to some tight forward pass rulings.
Neither side found their rhythm in the first period with both teams struggling to complete their sets, but Brothers looked a different unit after the break and barely faltered on their inexorable march to the premiership trophy.
The Gladstone boys scored twice early in the second half to open up a 22-12 lead, and apart from a length of the field try to Wallabys’ Luke Blanchard, Brothers were never really threatened.
Three tries in the final 10 minutes sealed an impressive win for the all conquering Brothers club.