TRY TIME: Brothers scrumhalf Ricky Matheson.
TRY TIME: Brothers scrumhalf Ricky Matheson.

The Price is right for Brothers



WHEN first-season Brothers A-grade rugby union coach Adrian Price speaks, Jessie Taylor is first to listen.

But Price let the towering No.8 do all the talking on the field in Brothers' commanding 48-14 win over competition favourites University in their round two Rockhampton and District Rugby Union A-grade match at Ian Coombe Oval on Saturday.

Playing in his first game for Brothers this season, Taylor continued his powerful form which he displayed for the Rockhampton CSR Readymix Brahmans in this year's Queensland Country Championships.

Taylor, who turns 20 on Thursday, was unlucky to miss out on Queensland Country selection last week and he has already set his goals on winning a Heelers jersey next season.

If Taylor needs any advice on achieving this feat, he only has to turn to coach Price ? a former Queensland Country No.8 himself.

"He's been really good,'' Taylor said of his club coach yesterday.

"He played No.8 for Queensland Country and is already passing on some tips to me.''

Taylor started at No.8 on Saturday and showed his versatility by finishing the match at outside centre after Lee Anderson succumbed to illness.

Taylor, who juggled both rugby league and rugby union at high school before opting for the later, said it was an important win ahead of this weekend's showdown with last year's premiers Colts.

"It was a good win and there are a few things we can fix-up,'' said Taylor, who is excited about his team's chances in 2006.

"We've got a good bunch of blokes at Brothers and it would be good to go all the way this year.''

Prop Mick Kelso and lock Aaron Condon also impressed for Brothers while five-eighth Craig Wilkes stood out in an undermanned University outfit.

After an opening round 5-all draw with Frenchville Pioneers, Price said the 34-point win was the perfect start to open their winning account but warned his side they needed to lift the intensity and aggression against Colts, who are coming off the bye.

"While Uni were missing a couple of players, it was still a good win,'' Price said.

"The guys really stuck to it in the second half.



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