Brothers take ugly win
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