Lions dig deep for gutsy win

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMP­SON michael. thomp­son@ news. com. au

WESTERN Lions are be­gin­ning to breathe even more fire af­ter launch­ing a sec­ond half fight­back to beat Brothers 28- 18.

The Lions now share top spot on the Townsville and Districts Rugby League lad­der af­ter beat­ing Brothers on their home turf, but only af­ter over­com­ing an 18- 6 half­time deficit.

Both teams con­ceded it was a tale of two halves, with Brothers win­ning the first half’s for­ward bat­tle be­fore the Lions ral­lied to win the late arm wres­tle.

“In the first half we made too many wrong de­ci­sions and went away from the game plan,” Lions cap­tain Nathaniel Bow­man said.

“We were un­der the pump, so our coach Josh Stow­ers gave us a real spray at half­time and I hon­estly think that’s what turned things around. “I’ve rarely seen him like that. “In the sec­ond half our for­wards were great and de­fen­sively in the mid­dle we fixed things up as well.

“I think our sec­ond half would rank up there with one of our bet­ter per­for­mances of the sea­son.”

For Brothers it was their sec­ond loss of the year, but coach Dave Ackers said the re­sult could come as a timely wake- up call be­fore fi­nals.

The Brethren were miss­ing a hand­ful of key play­ers in­clud­ing play­maker Brenn Fos­ter and for­mer Cow­boys winger Obe Geia through in­jury.

“Things just started go­ing against us af­ter the first half, and they ( Lions) got their tries off kicks,” Ackers said.

“The bounce of the went their way. ball just

“But some­times you can learn a lot from a loss and we’ll get back to train­ing and keep work­ing hard. We’ve had a tough month with in­jury but we’re not us­ing that as an ex­cuse at all – I think we have good enough depth at our club.”

Cen­trals and Char­ters Tow­ers kept their fi­nals hopes alive af­ter scor­ing im­por­tant wins on Satur­day, with Cen­trals beat­ing Univer­sity 44- 18, and Char­ters Tow­ers scor­ing the round’s most thrilling re­sult by edg­ing out Bur­dekin 30- 28.

The Roost­ers led the Min­ers 18- 16 at half­time, but it was the home side that got the vi­tal four competition points to close within less than three wins of fourth placed Bur­dekin.

Third placed Her­bert River, who sit one win be­hind Brothers and Lions, bol­stered their for and against ledger with a 82- 0 win over Norths in Ing­ham.

Dy­lan Gag­giano scored four tries and Steven De­vi­etti bagged three, while Lach­lan La Rosa and Aaron So­lari both scored two.

Crush­ers pres­i­dent Joe Pen­nisi said Norths de­served credit for com­pet­ing on ev­ery play despite the score­line.

“The best part about it was they didn’t give up, they kept mov­ing up and putting in the ef­fort,” he said.

The TDRL will have round this week­end. a bye

Lions cap­tain Nathaniel Bow­man.

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