Matchday 11 – Match Reports

Matchday 11 – Review
July 2, 2012
Brothers Chronicles – Issue 7
July 4, 2012

Matchday 11 – Match Reports

4th Grade
Brothers 7 – 18 Blue Mountains

A solid effort all round from the boys ensured that a well drilled Mountains side had to work really hard for everything they got.
This performance proves that this fourth grade side has what it takes to get into contention for finals rugby.
It’s imperative that we build on this excellent defensive effort, and look to start putting teams away.
Special mention this week to the midfield who got up their faces off the line in defence and to the ruck defence that was physical and coordinated all day.
Tim worked his way over for an excellent try, but it wasn’t quite enough.
Roll on next week.

Player Points
3: Tim – Scored an excellent try, and with Mick and Dave W got great line speed in defence, and was unlucky not to get a couple of intercepts.
2: Hughie – Bossed the forwards, good communication, good service to Mick the few times it went wide. Kept it tight.
1: Karl – Never took a step backwards against a good Mountains scrum, in fact their fourth grade scrummaged harder than their thirds. Ended the game wrapped up in tape, then went back for more.

3rd Grade
Brothers 3 – 7 Blue Mountains

Another game where third grade got close but not quite there.
The defensive effort was phenomenal as Mountains had the lion’s share of possession.
The midfield got up really fast and we closed down their tactic of pick and go on the blind with great communication and some good marshalling from BOKO, Kieran and Coops.
This is another result that shows that third grade are just a couple of players short of a consistently winning side.
Special mention has to go to Elvis and Karl who doubled up in the front row (not for the first time).
True servants of the club, and bloody top blokes.

Player Points
3: Karl – Insipirational effort from the big tight head, second game of the day and bossed the scrums. Awesome leadership.
2: Dr Fokker – Vocal as always, and kept the game tight and forward dominated. Fantastic defence, always in the bottom of every maul and ruck.
1: Coops – Strength, technique and fitness is what you get every week. This week was no different. Anchored a powerful scrum.

2nd Grade
Brothers 38 – 0 Blue Mountains

This game started off like most second grade games do these days with Johnny Gibbs smashing over from close range to score the first of the day.
Brothers followed that up with a sweet little off load from Jone after making a nice break to Dom North, who scampered over in the corner for his first of three.
Then the front row got in the mood and played a couple of nice little off loads getting well over the gain line.
Then Jone, Jack, Kitchen and Dom took it up, with some nice interplay to get Jone in at a nice angle to score a really well worked try.
After a period of pressure from the forwards, who took it in bother directions for a number of phases, Geoff picked out Kitchen in the corner with a nearly pin point cross field kick, Kitchen batted it down to Dom North who bundled over his second.
Then Mountains got a little bit of the ball and pinned us into our 22 for quite a few phases but our superior agression in defence kept then struggling to get over the gain line.
Then Dom North popped up out of nowhere and intercepted, and ran the length of the pitch to complete his hatrick, cue Dom sucking in some big ones after that.
Then came the try of the day. Geoff gave it to Kit, then made an exaggerated loop, Kit laid it back to Geoff, Geoff then straightened, then back to Kit who thumped over a couple of guys and scored the try of the day straight off the training paddock.
It goes to show, training is an esential part of a successful team, and today showed it.
6 tries in all, 3 to Dom, Kit grabbed one as did Jone and Johnny Gibbs.

Player points:
3: Jone: Hands like a winger, tackled like a second row, and broke tackles like a rampaging 7. Outstanding individual performance.
2: Jack: Great link up play, menacing on the break and solid defence.
1: Kitchen: Linked up well in offense, and provided some nice offloads, couple of massive hits as well in defence.

1st Grade
Brothers 55 – 7 Blue Mountains

You have to admit it, Mountains are a tough, physical well drilled side.
But even they had to admire some of the rugby that was played here in the second half by Brothers.
Let’s hope that complacency doesn’t sink in after what was one of the better team performances of the season.
This game started similarly to second grade with a Big John rampaging over for the first try, Nichols this time.
The big tight head then followed this up with three hand offs to score another try.
Mountains got back into the game a little after that and held us out in their 22 for a while until the pressure eventually told and Buckets got over in the corner.
Matty picked up his first of two before going off with knee knack.
Big C picked up another try after a sustained forward drive, before Charlie was binned for what was probably an over exuberant yellow card.
Ratu made another trademark break through the centre and set Shaka up for a sweet try in the corner.
After that the flood gates threatened to open with Brothers playing some real expansive and flamboyant rugby.
After a back handed three man skip pass, Blacky scuttled over in the corner to finish off the last of our ten tries.

9 tries in all with Nichols and Matty picking up a brace each, and one apiece for Big C, Buckets, Ratu, Shaka, The Flying Mo and Blacky.

Notably, Clarkie is yet to pick up a five pointer. Not that it matters REALLY.

Player points:
3: Nichols: Smashed everything and everyone. Annoyed the hell out of Mountains all day.
2: Daz : Control, aggression, vision. Having a belter of a season.
1: Buckets: The usal from Buckets, turnovers, defence, and a try to top it all off. Well rounded solid performance.

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