Wallabys turn the tables
WALLABYS avenged last week's local league grand final loss to Brothers by registering an emphatic 42-28 victory over the Fish in Saturday's Challenge Cup knock-out final at Marley Brown Oval.
For the second week running, Brothers featured in all three grades, but the strain of their hectic schedule had left them with a severely depleted playing roster.
Brothers coach Mark Graham attributed the loss to the strength and determination of the Wallabys rather than to a lack of personnel.
“We played poorly and they played well,” he said.
“We had lots of people missing from our side; playing three weeks and three good games in a row for the three sides we were always going to struggle a bit obviously, but I think their players wanted to win the most, they had plenty to prove and I thought they played pretty good.”
Brothers opened the scoring in the first minute of play through winger Jackson McEwan, but Wallabys' Luke Blanchard put halves partner Ron Craig through a gap soon after to snare a 6-4 lead.
Tries to Brothers' Michael Deacon, Benjamin Platt and Wallabys' Luke Blanchard tied the game up at 12-all before Wallabys took an 18-12 lead courtesy of a controversial try that appeared to be knocked on in goal.
Wallabys grabbed a 24-12 lead in their next set after Brothers' kick-off went out on the full.
Michael Deacon then scored his second try of the half for the Fish to keep his side in touch, trailing 24-16 at the break.
Dropped balls were second-half features for both sides, but Wallabys made better use of their opportunities to run out 42-28 winners.
Wallabys will now play off against Yeppoon next week in Rockhampton for a place in the Challenge Cup grand final against Rockhampton Brothers.