This was a real cagey affair.
Despite the trouncing handed to Waves two weeks previously, noone at Brothers honestly though a repeat was on the cards.
After starting brightly with a McIntyre try, we didn’t gain control of the game, and let Waves come back into it time and time again.
Waves came out all guns blazing with some agressive running and some excellent ruck defence.
In fact, it was the Waves forward pack that, despite getting soundly beaten in the set pieces, dominated at the breakdown.
And it was the excellent defence and pressure at the ruck time that led to them getting the penalties that pinned us back into our own half for much of the game.
Credit has to go to Waves though for this remarkable turn around from two weeks ago, and the scenes of jubliation showed how much it meant to them to win this game.
Credit also has to go to the Brothers second grade side that started the season so well, and continued this all season despite the constantly shifting player roster.
And tahnks to Brute and Parso who have given 100% this season and have this side playing some nicely structured rugby.
Let’s hope we can go one better next season in Div 2.
3: Enda – Finished the season on a high, broke the line and dominated in defence.
2: Matty – Scored the try, played really well, as usual.
1: John – Had an awesome season, ended it with broken wrist (insert your own joke here), gave 100% as always.
Brothers 32 – 24 UWSH
Hard to believe that at one stage Brothers had three tries under their belts and were cruising through this game.
The first half continued from where we left off all season, dominating the breakdown, and smashing through the gain line in the backs.
Kapene and Blacky were getting Si through some gaps, and Jone and Charlie were making some inroads in the tight stuff.
At half time it looked like it was going to go all our own way.
Until about half way through the second half, when Uni scored three unanswered tries.
Brothers were shellshocked, and struggled to maintain any momentum and even get the ball back.
Led by their feisty tight head, Uni showed amazing spirit and tenacity really as they inched closer and closer in the longest second half of rugby of all time.
Fortunately for Brothers the shock wore off eventually, and we went back to playing all the rugby.
A late try sealed it for us in the end, but what a scare it was.
And what an amazing advertisement it was for 3rd grade Subbies Rugby.
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3: Si – Found some awesome gaps, broke the gain line and defended like a demon.
2: Tazer – Typically solid in set pieces, carried well this week.
1: Jone – Carried well, added some flair and penetratation.