Pearce inspires team to victory
BROTHERS captain Matthew Pearce has inspired his side to its first win of the Central Queensland Rugby Union Thrifty 2011 A Grade Premiership season on the weekend.
Number 8 Pearce led the Brothers forward pack in their gritty 35-5 win over Gladstone on Saturday afternoon at Rugby Park.
Along with Pearce, fullback Ryan Beatson was the standout for Brothers, his long, driving kicks helped move the Brethren out of their own and into better field position.
Leading into the match, Brothers were preparing for a fierce contest with a tough Gladstone forward pack.
Brothers front rower Len Lawler said the entire forward pack laid the platform, which ensured the Brethren gained the upper hand
“(It was won) in the forwards definitely. Gladstone tried to play it in the forwards and we got it over them,” Lawlor said.
“The whole forward pack stood up; it’s the best I’ve seen us play all year.”
Beatson’s work at the back in both attack and defence earned him the club’s player of the match honours, deservedly so according to team-mate Brad Howland.
“His kicking game helped us get out of our end,” Howland said.
“He was very handy with the boot. He played really well.
“The backs got all the tries, but they came about because the forwards were doing the work they needed to.”
In other round three action, Blackwater mustered a 12-0 win over Frenchville, while Colts maintained their unbeaten run despite being tested by University early in the match.
University came out firing, with blindside flanker Gibbson Porykali scoring the opening try of the match, after some crafty lead-up from flyhalf Jordie Cawthray, to lead Colts 7-0 early.
However, the reigning premiers showed their class, finishing comfortable 32-7 winners, impressing Colts coach Frank Busby.
“(University) played well. They came up hard on our backs,” Busby said. “But, that’s the thing with this Colts team, you can never write ’em off.”
Despite the loss, University coach Lachlan McMurtrie was pleased with his players’ efforts, with the scoreline not a true reflection of the close contest it really was.
“I’m not too disappointed considering we were down to 13 early in the first half after two yellow cards,” McMurtrie said.
“It was a good hard hit-out, I didn’t think the scoreline was any indication of the game.”
A grade rugby
Round 3 results
Colts 32 v University 7
Brothers 35 v Gladstone 5
Blackwater 12 v Frenchville 0
Dawson Valley - Bye