Broth­ers send strong mes­sage for ri­vals

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

LEAGUE: In a game of two halves, Broth­ers sent a mes­sage to the com­pe­ti­tion.

With their squad back to full strength af­ter a spate of in­juries, the Leprechauns showed their tal­ent against the Waves Tigers as they raced to a 28-6 lead at half-time in the Bund­aberg Rugby League.

When they scored again right af­ter the break, the de­fend­ing pre­miers looked to be home with a 28-point mar­gin, but the Waves had other ideas.

Spurred on by a half-time talk by Tigers coach An­to­nio Kau­fusi, the team re­sponded to score 22 unan­swered points.

Led by Reuben Baillie they re­duced the mar­gin to six points with four min­utes re­main­ing, be­fore a late try to Broth­ers elim­i­nated any chance of a Tigers win as Broth­ers won 40-28.

Talk­ing af­ter the game, coach Mat Tem­ple­man said fit­ness al­most cost the team at the end.

“Fit­ness did show in the sec­ond half,” he said.

“That’s (Waves) a full-strength team so to put them to the sword like that is pleas­ing.”

Tem­ple­man said stop­ping their for­ward pack was vi­tal in the win.

“De­fen­sively it was a team ef­fort and we bashed them in the first half.

“They have got a much-fan­cied for­ward pack than us and our smaller guys re­ally got in there and tack­led well with their tech­nique.”

Broth­ers also said they weren’t at their best yet.

“Tonight was the first game back for a lot of th­ese play­ers who have been miss­ing for a month,” he said.

“We can only get bet­ter from this.”

De­spite com­ing back in the sec­ond half, the Tigers were crit­i­cal of their first 40 min­utes.

Kau­fusi said it wasn’t good enough and de­manded a re­sponse.

“I ques­tioned the boys about play­ing as a team,” he said.

“We left it too late (in the sec­ond half ) and the dam­age was done in the first half.”

Kau­fusi said one shin­ing light was Baillie and he was a real com­peti­tor through­out the match along with Vahiti Hopoi.

Both teams will have a bye this week.


LOST BALL: Peter Gallen loses grip for Capras in the In­trust Su­per Cup at Sal­ters Oval.

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