New players don't help Brothers against Chargers

GLADSTONE Brothers Reserves went down to Norths Chargers 36-14 on Saturday night but captain Matt McConnell was happy with the outcome.

Since the Gladstone competition joined Rockhampton during the mid-week, Brothers have had an influx of players joining to be in the new competition.

McConnell said the chemistry between the new and existing players was where they fell down.

"It was good but it was tough. We knew we were going to be up against it because Norths are a really good side," he said.

"A lot of players just signed on in the last couple of days and we need to get together and work on our plays.

"Guys are happy with the extended league and hopefully we can build on that performance and challenge towards the end of the year."

McConnell who is playing in his 13th season for Brothers was happy to get his first try for the season out of the way early but some team mates were hinting after the game that it may have been a knock on.

"It was a good try and it was good to get it out of the way early," he said.

"It comes off the back of some hard work."

Norths were premiers last year in the Rockhampton competition and coach Lee Bob said his team hadn't started the season as clean as he would like.

"It was all a bit scrappy for us," he said.

"We didn't complete our sets like we wanted too."

But he was happy with the performance of Jake Kitchen.

"He had a mistake free game and I'm very pleased with his performance and effort," he said.

"A few more games under our belt and we should be playing a lot better."



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