Valleys fight back against Brothers in reserves
VALLEYS have bounced back from defeat on the buzzer in the 2013 reserve grade grand final to come from behind and beat Brothers 34-20.
A member of the side who experienced the heartache 12 months ago, Joey Hayward was brilliant in leading his side back from a half-time deficit and not allowing Brothers a point in the second period.
"We got a fairly inspirational speech at half-time," Hayward said. "We did want this bad after last year."
Brothers flew out of the blocks and scored the first try in the corner when Aaron Hanrahan crossed wide under pressure from the Valleys defence.
The match settled into a rhythm for over 10 minutes before Steve Southern latched on to a bouncing ball from a kick and strolled in under the posts to make it 10-0 to Brothers.
All the momentum was with Brothers until Tom Little had the ball land in his arms from a Brothers kick and ran 70 metres before putting Rick Gibson over the line to make it 10-6.
Southern added to the Brothers lead and re-established the momentum with an overlap try out wide.
Valleys made repeat sets count with six minutes left in the first half, Henry Tatira crossing after a big charge to bring Valleys within two.
Brothers made the half-time score 20-12 after Gibson spilt the beans from a kick and Alex Patchula made the most of the loose ball.
Brothers should have added to the score early in the second term but dropped the ball over the line, Joey Hayward making the most of a small chance at the other end to dance his way over and close the gap to 20-18.
Valleys hit the lead for the first time in the match with 23 minutes left, Josh Kohler bursting through off a Hayward pass to cross easily.
From the moment they hit the front, Valleys were the aggressors, piling on pressure which led to an Aaron Rothery try for 30-20.
A final try to Valleys made the full-time score 34-20.
- Valleys 34 Brothers 20
- Tries: Brothers: Steve Southern 2, Aaron Hanrahan, Alex Patchula
- Valleys: Rick Gibson 2, Alex Patchula, Joey Hayward, Josh Kohler, Aaron Rothery