Brothers win in sloppy show
ROCKHAMPTON Brothers have set the bar high.
Despite notching their second successive win of the Rockhampton Senior Rugby League A Grade season with a comfortable 56-10 scoreline over the CQU Norths Chargers, Brothers captain Tommy Simpson said his side was disappointed with their performance.
Both sides struggled to hold on to the ball in slippery conditions, however Brothers’ individual class showed through with young centre BJ Munns and Reece Baker scoring a double each in the 10 tries-to-two win.
Brothers led at the half-time break 16-0, before running away with it in the second half scoring seven tries.
While most would be happy with the 46-point margin, Simpson was adamant his side lacked discipline with the ball in hand.
“It was pretty ordinary. Our defence was pretty good, but we dropped a lot of ball,” Simpson said.
He heaped praise on lock Mitch Collins, the consistent Jimmy McConachy at fullback and Chris Gesch in the second row.
Simpson said coach Scott Bodley was less than enthused about the win, and said his side was fortunate the Chargers didn’t find some form.
“If we had a better opposition we would’ve got rolled,” he said.
CQU Norths coach Anthony Toby, who scored a double in his first game of the year, said the Chargers’ errors in their own half made it difficult to mount any pressure on the Brothers’ defence.
“We were trying to force the ball coming out of our end and weren’t sticking to our game plan,” Toby said.
“There’s no way you can score points if you can’t hold on to the ball.”
Toby took his place in the side after injuries and player unavailability, but was adamant it wasn’t a long-term move.
“I’ll play if I need to, but if there’s young players wanting to step up I’ll let them,” he said.
In the other A grade match, as part of the season’s first Super Saturday, Yeppoon Seagulls held on for a narrow 32-30 win over Fitzroy Gracemere.
Meanwhile, Brothers forward Jarod Hoare and his Queensland teammates fought out a 20-20 draw with NSW in Monday night’s Universities representative match at Suncorp Stadium.