Brothers win close contest
THE highest-ranked Gladstone teams, Brothers (3) and Wallabys (5), went head-to-head during their Extended League match at Marley Brown on Saturday night in what was an evenly contested pair-off.
Half-time saw the sides at 6-all but Wallabys broke out to lead in the second half.
Brothers rallied together and claim back field position and the game ended three tries a side.
The result was decided by conversions as Brothers snuck home to a 18-14 win.
Regular Brothers kicker Jimmy Radloff was still out injured but Andrew Murdoch put two kicks through the posts, while team-mate Jackson McEwan ensured the stats showed three from three attempts.
Wallabys were only able to convert one of their three four-pointers off the boot of five-eighth Matt Baker.
Brothers players Nathan Cameron (centre), hooker Brad Green and forward Luke Vella were amongst the try scorers as were half-back Luke Blanchard and centre Chris Butler (2) for the Wallabys.
Brothers coach Mark Graham said the “no frills” game was a hard-fought win.
“It could have gone either way and we’re lucky it went our way,” Graham said.
“We grounded it out and came out on top,” he said.
The coach was proud of his team’s defensive effort but conceded it had some work to do with its attack.
“Our effort defensively was very honest,” he said.
“They (Wallabys) are real organised down your end of the park – a lot more organised than us that’s for sure,” Graham said.
Wallabys player/coach Danny McAllister was proud of the effort his players made.
“As expected it was a game with a fair bit of feeling,” McAllister said.
“They did what I asked and there are some things out of your control,” he said.
Dan Beahan has been in blistering form in recent weeks and the coach toted his efforts on Saturday as “influential”.
Gld Brothers 18 def Wallabys 14;
Rocky Brothers 56 def Biloela 18;
CQU Norths 38 def Tannum 32;
Yeppoon 44 def Fitzroys Gracemere 4;