Brother’s Russell Groth heads to the line during the reserve grade match between Fitzroy and Gladstone Brothers.
Brother’s Russell Groth heads to the line during the reserve grade match between Fitzroy and Gladstone Brothers. Murray Ware

Brothers set up battle with Norths

RESERVE grade was the only Brothers side able to capitalise on the club's momentum when it defeated Fitzroy 34-22 in their Challenge Cup minor semi-final on Saturday night at Marley Brown.

Ultimately it was Fitzroy's poor handling and completion rate that let it down, with Brothers punishing several mistakes to post points at critical junctures in the game.

Brothers skipper Russel Groth said he was happy with the way his side performed in the highly physical encounter.

“It was the hardest game we've played and the boys went really well the whole game,” he said.

“We picked up in the second half which was really good, that's what got us home because they got a bit of a sniff early in the second but we weathered the storm.”

Groth also said that his side didn't have too much difficulty backing up after last week's grand final win over Wallabys.

“We were pretty focused; we had a really good week of training with heaps of numbers. Probably the best thing about it is that everyone's starting to gel together not just as a team but we're all starting to become really good mates,” he said.

Brothers took an 18-4 lead in to halftime through tries to Marty Gott, Gavin Nicholas and Groth, but Fitzroy scored twice early in the second half to reduce the deficit to two.

Brothers then put on an exhibition with three exhilarating tries, including a Gavin Nicholas length-of-the-field effort, to attain an unassailable 18-point lead with five minutes remaining.

Brothers will now face CQU Norths next week in Rockhampton for a place in the Challenge Cup grand final against Yeppoon.



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