Wallabys showed plenty of fight but it wasn't enough
A SECOND-half fadeout of epic proportions hurt Wallabys as they were trounced by Brothers in their A-Grade rugby league match at Marley Brown Oval on Saturday night.
Wallabys trailed 18-6 at the half-time break but showed plenty of fight.
However, Brothers ran away with the match, twice scoring two tries in less than two minutes to pull away in the second half.
Handling errors riddled the early exchanges as Wallabys' inability to complete their sets allowed Brothers to mount pressure from the onset, with winger Assan Munro pouncing on a well-placed grubber seven minutes into the match.
Wallabys refused to give in though, with prop forward Josh Blatch swooping on a loose ball after a Dan Knight grubber and diving over next to the posts.
Halfback Matt Baker converted to take Wallabys into the break trailing 18-6.
The determined first-half Wallabys' efforts made the final score line of 60-12 all the more surprising as Brothers began to dominate the middle, running riot through the play-the-ball area.
"We just didn't control the ruck. They had some big boys and they just kept pushing forward," disappointed Wallabys' prop Josh Blatch said.
"We never had control and they took advantage of it. They're a well drilled side."
It was a good night for props all round though, with Blatch bagging himself a try and Brothers' forward Tyson White crossing the stripe twice in his side's rout.
"Yeah tries are always good mate just hopefully you don't drop the ball over the line," laughed White after the game.
Despite the heavy loss, Blatch still took some positives out of the game.
"Yeah well there's no nudey run now so I'm happy about that," Blatch said.
- A-grade: Brothers 60 def Wallabys 12
- Reserve grade: Brothers 46 def Wallabys 4
- Under-18s: Brothers 56 def Wallabys 6