Josh Bateman is hoping for his team to stick with structure.
Josh Bateman is hoping for his team to stick with structure. Mike Richards

Brothers look to build in Derby clash

GLADSTONE Brothers' playing coach Josh Bateman will hope for more of the same in Sunday's 'local derby' against Gladstone Valleys at Marley Brown Oval from 3pm.

Brothers blew Emu Park from the park last weekend in an 84-0 whitewash.

The win leap-frogged Brothers up three places on the Rockhampton Rugby League premiership ladder.

Playing coach Josh Bateman said self discipline was the thing which stood out for his team.

"The most pleasing thing was the way we stuck to our game plan," Bateman said.

"Sometimes when the score blows out, it is easy to go away from our structures and away from the game plan."

Bateman's side will have some changes for the blockbuster against Valleys with Jackson McEwan, John Tamanika and Jacob Gleeson not available.

"We have to reshuffle our backline because we have three blokes who are away, but we have Chris Stolk who will return in his back row spot," Bateman said.

Gladstone Brothers sit in sixth spot in the nine-team competition, but have an extra game at hand which is something that may work in its favour.

"We just want to build on our game from last week and we have an extra game to play with us and Tannum Sands being late entries into the competition," Bateman said.

Valleys are currently in seventh spot with a 1-3 record and have won its only game against Fitzroy-Gracemere in round one.

Tannum Sands have the bye.



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