Win sets Broth­ers for vi­tal show­down

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

BROTH­ERS have pre­vailed 19- 14 against Ross River in the week­end’s clos­est game of Townsville and Dis­tricts Rugby Union.

The Brethren got their all- im­por­tant tries through Emil Grant, Ja­cob Martinez and Ai­den Pyper, and held off a late charge from the Red­skins to grab an­other scrappy but tight win head­ing into this week­end’s block­buster clash against Teach­ers West. Both teams went into the Round 15 game un­der­strength, and Broth­ers fielded two A grade debu­tants in Kaleb Toigo and Eric Rodemacher.

Rodemacher had a dream start in A grade by win­ning player of the match hon­ours af­ter his im­pres­sive game at flanker.

The Span­ish re­cruit, who moved to Townsville last year, had pre­vi­ously played rugby in Eng­land and the Nether­lands.

“He was ter­rific on de­but, and so was Kaleb,” Broth­ers coach Shane Laskey said.

“For them to play as well as they did was a big pos­i­tive for us, but Ross River had more play­ers out than we did.

“So it’s a bit dis­ap­point­ing to be hon­est that the game was as close as it was.

“Ross River were very phys­i­cal as al­ways ... they prob­a­bly could have pushed it more.”

Broth­ers held the up­per hand for much of Satur­day’s en­counter at Mike Car­ney Toy­ota Park, although a Red­skins penalty try near full- time en­sured a close score­line and per­haps an­other warn­ing to ri­val clubs that Ross River could be a fi­nals’ dark horse

“It was a scrappy game – the ob­vi­ous pos­i­tive was that we won a close game,” Laskey said.

“But it will be a huge test next week­end against Teach­ers Wests.

Teach­ers again reaf­firmed their top dog sta­tus by thump­ing Bur­dekin 50- 12 in Ayr on Fri­day night.

Alex McC­ly­mont got three tries, and the oth­ers came through Gene Mor­gan, Tom Vin­son, Hugh Hup­patz, Josh Lamb and Kris Nielsen.

Teach­ers, who had bat­tled with­out their rep­re­sen­ta­tive stars in the pre­vi­ous round’s win over Ross River, were close to full strength and will be cer­tainly be the team to beat af­ter out­class­ing the Cane­toads, who went into the Fri­day night clash in good form af­ter over­pow­er­ing North Ward.

North Ward hit back from that loss, how­ever, by beat­ing Char­ters Tow­ers 57- 12 at the Townsville Sports Re­serve.

Jon Salee, Daniel Withers and Sam Bradley all scored braces for North Ward, and Con­nor Kennedy, Lach­lan Cavallin and Rus­sell West also got on the board.

The win puts North Ward one win ahead of Ross River on the TDRU lad­der, with the Red­skins and Old Boys jostling for fourth spot.

PRES­SURE: Mat Fan­ning of Broth­ers gets a kick away in Broth­ers hard fought TDRU win over the Ross River Red­skins. Pic­ture: SCOTT RADFORD- CHISHOLM

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