Brothers played hard-fought 42-16 win against Tannum A Grade
RUGBY LEAGUE: Past Brothers A Grade played out a hard-fought 42-16 win against Tannum A Grade on Saturday night in the Rockhampton Senior Local Rugby League competition.
Brothers coach Danny Blair was impressed with the effort put in by the team to win at Marley Brown Oval.
"Really impressed with the effort the guys put in to play one of the best games for the season,” Blair said.
"We stuck to our game plan and our completion rate for our sets of six was at 80 per cent and great overall effort by the players.”
At half-time it was 20-4, Brothers were hungry to increase its lead in the second half.
"We had some tired players at the half-time break and players who had already backed up from a previous game,” Blair said.
"Three players who had previously played a game, came on to help out A grade.”
The Brothers under-20s only had 13 players themselves and had to play a full game with no bench (reserves).
Blair had strong praise for the Tannum team and the tough game they played on the weekend.
"Tannum were good and threw everything they could at us but we defended well and kept them at bay for a lot of their attack,” he said.
"We had a core 11 players who were fresh and had mental toughness to see the game through.”
David Ahearn had played both reserve and A grade as front row forward, while Tom Wright backed up running on as lock for his second game.
Declan Huth came on straight from his previous game and ran straight onto the wing.
Blair had praise for Pryce Trevor, who played at hooker and put in a solid effort in defence.
The last five minutes was a was a tough encounter for both sides trying to get more points on the board.
Blair said Brother's Players' Player award went to Kerry Kelliher for a massive effort he put in being solid in defence and busting the opposition's line in attack.
"All across the board I can't praise the players enough and I was really impressed with them and how they played,” he said.
Brothers shared the position on the points table with Tannum and the win had allowed them to pull away to get a two-point lead on them.
Past Brothers A Grade's next game is against Fitzroy Gracemere A Grade at Browne Park, July 29, 3pm.
Tannum A Grade are taking on Emu Park A Grade away at Hartley Street Sporting Complex, July 29, 3pm.
Valleys A Grade are hosting the local match at Marley Brown Oval against Woorabinda A Grade, July 29, 3pm.