BROTH­ERS BRING TEACH­ERS BACK DOWN TO EARTH

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

TEACH­ERS West have had their un­beaten sea­son bro­ken af­ter Broth­ers scored a gritty 21- 16 vic­tory over the Townsville and Dis­trict Rugby Union lad­der lead­ers.

The Brethren – reel­ing from a 19- 7 loss to North World Old Boys the pre­vi­ous week­end – had a point to prove af­ter wel­com­ing back their Queens­land Coun­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives and stuck to their guns de­spite con­ced­ing an early try, just as they did the last time the teams met.

Broth­ers are now hop­ing Satur­day’s win will pro­vide the cat­a­lyst for a strong end to the sea­son, which fea­tures one full round of matches be­fore fi­nals.

“We were just happy to get a win af­ter last week­end’s game, to be hon­est,” Broth­ers co- coach Ben Collings said.

“Teach­ers scored very early, but we re­acted much quicker this time and we had great turnover of ball in the ruck.

“We’re start­ing to make the right de­ci­sions in at­tack and we didn’t panic.

“We’ve al­ways been great with play­ers one on one, but as a team we’ve been strug­gling to be bet­ter as a col­lec­tive, which Teach­ers West are very good at.

“But we’re tak­ing the right steps and we have the full round ahead of us to keep im­prov­ing.”

Broth­ers had a hand­ful of play­ers in­volved in the Queens­land Coun­try tour this year, as did Teach­ers West, who went un­de­feated from 14 rounds of rugby head­ing into Satur­day’s clash.

North Ward main­tained their resur­gent form against Bur­dekin and al­most scored a win on full time at the Townsville Sports Re­serve, but set­tled for a 28- all draw.

The Old Boys scored a late try just as it ap­peared Bur­dekin had done enough to win, but a missed con­ver­sion at the death saw both teams share the com­pe­ti­tion points.

Ross River beat Western Sub­urbs 35- 26 in the week­end’s other game.

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

HANDS OFF: Teach­ers West's Kris Nielsen and Broth­ers’ Steve Reddy in ac­tion on Satur­day.

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