Jason Sykes tackles Nathan Cameron in the Brothers versus Wallabys Challenge Cup final at Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone.
Jason Sykes tackles Nathan Cameron in the Brothers versus Wallabys Challenge Cup final at Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone. Brenda Strong

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.



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