Brothers take ugly win

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

IT wasn’t pretty but Brothers will take the win af­ter beat­ing Char­ters Tow­ers 29- 0 at Ig­natius Park Col­lege on Satur­day.

Af­ter­noon rain com­bined with plenty of un­forced er­rors made for a scrappy game of Townsville and Districts Rugby Union, but the win was still a wel­come re­sult for Brothers who are keep­ing the pres­sure on lad­der lead­ers Teach­ers Wests

Teach­ers beat Ross River 31- 19 at Mike Car­ney Toy­ota Park, and Bur­dekin scored a cru­cial 33- 21 win over North Ward to fur­ther strengthen their hold on third.

Brothers coach Shane Laskey said the Round 14 clash at Iggy Park was not easy on the eye.

“It was just a scrappy game,” he said. “It started to driz­zle in about the last 20 min­utes and the con­di­tions got a bit messy.

“There was a lot of stop­ping and start­ing be­cause of a lot of er­rors we made, and it was the same for Char­ters Tow­ers.

“Nei­ther team re­ally got go­ing, and Char­ters Tow­ers un­for­tu­nately had a few play­ers back­ing up ( from lower grade), so they were their strong­est.

“But they still made it tough for us.”

Brothers re­main only a cou­ple of wins be­hind Teach­ers, who were still too good for the resur­gent Red­skins despite field­ing a be­low strength team.

Rod­ney Seeto scored twice for Brothers and their other tries came through Chris McMa­hon and Martin Bren­nan.

Ross River got two tries and re­mained com­pet­i­tive for most of the con­test, re­tain­ing some of the mo­men­tum from the pre­vi­ous round’s big win over North Ward.

Bur­dekin saw off a strong start by North Ward to reen­ter the win­ner’s cir­cle af­ter the pre­vi­ous round’s loss to Brothers, and main­tain a slight hold on third to lead the bot­tle­neck of teams bat­tling to fin­ish inside the top four.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we had to for­feit in the re­serves but the boys played very good rugby,” Bur­dekin coach Bren­dan Bun­yan said, whose team outscored North Ward five tries to three.

“We’re start­ing to play the style we want to play and we were able to put on a good show.

“That be­ing said, North Ward put a lot of early pres­sure on us and their scrum was quite dom­i­nant to be­gin with.” not at

SCRAPPY: Brothers’ Malakai Ta­ufa in ac­tion against Char­ters Tow­ers. Pic­ture: SCOTT RADFORD- CHISHOLM

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