Brothers secure premiership convincingly on Saturday night

NURSING a suspected dislocated finger, Lee Anderson wasn't too concerned. He had better things on his mind.

"I'll deal with that after Silly Sunday, I guess," he said moments after Brothers' 11-0 win in the Central Queensland Rugby Union A-grade grand final on Saturday night.

The Brothers flyhalf was a class above anyone on the pitch at Rugby Park, kicking two crucial penalty goals and scoring a superb solo try in the dying minutes of the first half to claim man of the match honours and hand Brothers their first premiership in seven years.

Anderson continually troubled the Dawson Valley Drovers defence, creating space for his outside backs during Brothers' 11-0 win at Rugby Park, but it was his steely boot which put first points on the board.

He put Brothers 3-0 up when making no mistake with a penalty goal attempt from 35 metres out after 16 minutes; before extending their lead to 6-0 with another a couple minutes later.

Drovers missed an opportunity to hit back in the 20th minute when halfback Alex Raguse's penalty goal attempt sailed wide of the posts.

 

Both sides had plenty of opportunities, but couldn't finish any long-range attacking raids until Anderson scored the only try of the match a couple of minutes before half-time.

Receiving the ball 45m out from the tryline, Anderson sliced through the Dawson Valley defensive line, chipped over the Drovers fullback and received the perfect bounce to score left of the uprights.

He couldn't add the extras, but the 11-0 lead proved enough.

Neither side troubled the scorers during the second half, but it wasn't for lack of trying.

Dawson Valley threw everything at the Brothers defence but couldn't crack an at times ill-disciplined outfit.

"It was a tough slog. Drovers were scoreless, but they gave it to us for the whole game," Anderson said.

"We gave away a lot of penalties and almost let them back into the game, but credit to our boys, we dug deep, were really physical and got away with it.

"A few of their passes went to ground.

"If they had hit the mark it could've really turned the game around.

"We were really lucky that way, but we wanted to put as much pressure on their inside backs as possible so they couldn't get it out the back to big Boyd Sandeman at the back there.

"We just kept scrambling - we had to."



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