A SPECTACULAR 90m effort from centre Russell Webber helped Norths Chargers escape with a 26-26 draw against Brothers in the Paul Iles Memorial Shield at Browne Park on Saturday night.
With the Chargers trailing 26-14 with five minutes remaining in the Rockhampton Senior Rugby League Round 11 fixture, Clinton Mooney returned from suspension to score for the Chargers to put them within striking distance.
Dean Allen added the extras making it a six-point ball game before a bold Justin Peacock kicked for Webber deep inside his own 10m.
Former Central Queensland Capras centre Webber latched onto the kick and dashed 90m to score to put the scores back to 26-24 before Allen converted to equalise after the siren.
The two sides headed into the half-time break at 10-10 after first-half tries to Brothers hooker Grant Rogers, winger Jaron Goodman; and Chargers front rower Dylan Webber - who scored his first career A-grade try - and former North Queensland Cowboys centre Ashley Alberts.
Chargers hooker Guinane said his teammates remained positive despite trailing by 12 with only a handful of minutes remaining.
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Biloela Panthers 46 def Fitzroy Gracemere Sharks 28 at Biloela on Saturday night
Norths Chargers 26 drew with Brothers 26 at Browne Park on Saturday night
LADDER: Yeppoon 14, Biloela 11, Norths 9, Brothers 7, Fitzroy-Gracemere 3
"Even though we were down 26-14 with four or five minutes remaining we kept working for each other," said Guinane, who played his first match in a month.
"All the guys out there were positive, which was great to see."
Brothers second-rower Mitch Ireland said the draw kept the reigning premiers in touch with competition leaders Yeppoon Seagulls, who had the bye on the weekend.
Ireland was disappointed not to come away with a win after second-half tries to veteran playmaker Sam Granville, front-rower Matthew Trathen and Rogers opened up a late 26-14 lead, but praised his youthful teammates for the effort.
"We're hanging in there. We're going through a rebuilding phase this year," he said.
"We've got a heap of young fellas and they're going all right for us - they're getting in there and having a dig.
"It's all good."