RUGBY UNION: Brothers' coach Tom Moore hailed the guts and determination of his players after they held on for a one-point win over Frenchville.
The hard-fought contest went down to the wire, with Frenchville skipper Lachlan Howell left with a conversion to win the game after his team scored in the shadows of full-time.
His attempt went wide, meaning Brothers got home 20-19.
Moore was happy to take the points, which consolidate his team's second placing on the Capricornia Rugby ladder.
"I was really proud of my fellas, they dug in,” he said post-match. "They stuck to the plan and it was just guts and determination on the day that got us there.
"We were probably five or six players short. I think we had 24 for the whole day so a lot of blokes backed up and played a lot of footy so I can't be unhappy with that at all.
"Against Frenchville, you know you're always going to get a hard game so happy to get the win.”
Two converted tries had Frenchville leading 14-13 but Brothers took a 20-14 lead with their second converted try of the game midway through the second half.
Frenchville continued to push for more points and spent a good part of the closing stages of the game camped on the Brothers' line before they went over for the try in the dying stages.
Moore said Brothers' forwards were instrumental in the win.
"Our forwards played well up front, we worked in numbers, we didn't go too one-out, and from there, Lee Anderson again controlled the game well for us.
"The game went pretty well to script; we played it tight and they ran it wide.”
Moore said Mace Hartley had another good game and Roarke Christensen, fresh from Queensland Country duties, produced a confident performance.
Brothers' next opponents are the ladder-leading Dawson Valley Drovers, who suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of the Gladstone Goats.
The game was locked at 8-all at half-time before the Goats put 29 points on the title favourites in the second half.