Bur­dekin ban­ishes Brothers

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport - by Antony Ste­wart antony. ste­wart@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

WIN­NERS: North Ward’s Dan Wright on the charge A FAST-FIN­ISH­ING Brothers will have to start their Townsville and District Rugby Union pre­mier­ship de­fence from be­hind.

The Brethren were beaten 17-14 at Casalegno Field by pre­dicted 2011 heavy­weights Bur­dekin.

It wasn’t the re­sult he wanted, but new coach Peter Nielsen wasn’t too wor­ried ei­ther.

With an in­jury list as long as his arm and, like all teams, a dis­rupted buildup to the sea­son opener, Brothers trailed 10-nil at half­time and 17-0 just af­ter the break be­fore they set up an ex­cit­ing fin­ish with two tries in the fi­nal 20 min­utes.

‘‘ You’re never happy when you lose – ( win­ning) is the ultimate goal – but I’m ac­tu­ally very im­pressed and happy with the way the guys went, it showed me there’s a a fairly good attitude in the club,’’ Nielsen said.

‘‘ The per­for­mance those guys put on the park was pretty spe­cial given the neg­a­tives be­fore the game.’’

It was by far the clos­est game of the round, as Teach­ers West made an ex­plo­sive start with a 75-3 thrash­ing of Univer­sity.

North Ward also put Ross River to the sword 40-5, al­though the Red­skins showed some prom­ise on their way to a 10-5 half­time deficit be­fore the Old Boys’ class shone through in the sec­ond 40 min­utes.

But it was last sea­son’s run­ners-up, Teach­ers that sent the big­gest warn­ing shot with their 13 tries-to-nil flog­ging of Uni.

Four play­ers – Daniel Davis, Shaun Barclay, Shane Shep­herd and Ricky Abra­ham – each bagged try-scor­ing dou­bles as the Bull­dogs scored early and never looked back.

‘‘ It helps us get our cohesion and team work on track. When you start com­ing up against the Brothers and the Bur­dekins ( the score­line) doesn’t re­ally help a lot from that per­spec­tive,’’ coach Pita Thompson said.

‘‘ But it was very good to blow out the cob­webs and get back into the sea­son.’’

Univer­sity coach Steve Gowdy, on the other hand, con­ceded there was a lot of work to be done for his new-look team.

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