Knock outs, knock ons: Physicality the highlight
FOUR men had to be carted off the field with injuries in what was a fierce game of rugby league between the two top Gladstone teams last night at Marley Brown.
One of the players was stretchered-off, two were knocked out and one helped off the field with a suspected medial ligament strain as the Tannum Seagulls beat Brothers 21-4. The physicality was the highlight of the match but it took its toll on both teams completing sets.
Players too often looked up at the tackler coming at them before catching the ball and knocked on.
One player who should have been out of his depth was 21-year-old Chris Moke; playing his first game in the seniors for the Seagulls.
The big-bodied second rower for reserves was the five-eight play maker for the seniors.
"I played five-eight as a kid and I showed I still have it in me," he said. "I don't mind if I don't make seniors again. I just got the call up and played my game for the boys.
"I haven't played that many games for (Seagulls), so it was good to get a run in seniors."
Brothers captain Brent Crisp hoped the loss was the wake-up-call they needed.
"We should have dished up a better performance," he said. "It was a very scrappy game.
"Hopefully it sends a message to our boys about getting people to training. You can't just rock up on the day and hope it all works out."
Despite his disappointment, Brothers were in the game right until the end. The score 16-14 to the Seagulls with 20 minutes left, Brothers had the momentum and were pushing to score.
Twenty metres out from their line on the fifth tackle, they kicked it into the air. The touch judge called out "They're all on side". A Brothers' player swooped on the falling ball and scored a try but the referee deemed him offside.
The Seagulls ran the ball back down the length of the field from the next set and scored to take the margin out to 6.
Seagulls half-back Josh Anderson then kicked a field goal to take the game out of the Brothers' reach.