Aubre Harmse has made a magnificent start to the season, getting man of the match in the Goats’ first fixture.
Aubre Harmse has made a magnificent start to the season, getting man of the match in the Goats’ first fixture.

Harmse leads from the front as Brothers go down

AUBRE Harmse was given the captaincy of the Gladstone Goats to open the season against defending premiers Brothers, and he took the role very seriously.

So seriously, in fact, that he brilliantly led his side to victory, gaining the man-of-the-match honours in the process.

The humble and quietly spoken flyhalf brushed the accolade off, though, just happy to notch a win at home.

"I got that, but I was just lucky," he said. "It is a really good win."

From a small town outside of Johannesburg, Harmse arrived in Gladstone in 2009.

He has played for the Goats since he arrived, riding the wave that has seen the team improve drastically over the past few years.

One of the longer-serving players for the team, he is finally getting good returns for the hard work over the years.

"It is just a good team," he said. "We have a few young fellas too. I reckon we have a pretty good chance. We showed talent."

While he thinks the premiership is in sight, the long, gruelling season with plenty of travel will grind the Goats down over time.

The positive is the team has proven they can tackle anybody, this being the fourth straight win over the premiers.

"That is it, they are the premier side," Harmse said.

Gladstone Goats v Brothers:

  • Goats 15 d Brothers 5
  • Tries: Kirk Parker, Jg Fichardt
  • Conversions: Aubre Harmse
  • Penalties: Paul Patrick Dinneen


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