The start was not what we wanted. Lindfield scored 2 early unconverted tries from Brother’s errors. Encouraged by the sledging from the Lindfield supporters (not that this made that much difference), Brothers clicked into gear.
The forwards starting getting on top in the close exchanges with the big fellas then creating havoc out wide, the backs then started to do their stuff with the defence on the back foot. Plenty of inroads were made by Si, Waddie and the rest leading to the first try finished by a nice run from Joel.
Charlie then decided it was time to test the defence and wandered up the middle of the park for about 40 metres or so and found himself having to bend over to put the ball over the line. A great run bumping off numerous defenders.
Another 2 tries to Si (blind side snipe) and Jono (charge down) and with Blackies three conversions, this all put the boys in a strong position at half time.
The Lindfield supporter continued sledging through the first half only encouraged the team to rip-in in the second half in no uncertain terms. 7 converted tries later, you would have to say that the Brothers put together about 70 minutes of first class rugby.
Other highlights in an impressive display in front of the Brother’s vets included Jono and Charlie’s 50 metre gallop passing at least half a dozen times between each other. I think they enjoyed that! An audacious centre kick into the hands of Borgie on the fly to score under the posts. Other tries to Joel, Si, Charlie, Buckets and Matt. With Blackie producing a top shelf kicking display (10 from 11), this rounded out a 75-10 score line.
A great all round display but balanced against a side that lost defensive intensity as the game wore on.
Best & Fairest
3 points: J.Gates
2 points: D. Schultz
1 point: A. Towler/J.Ribout
2 points from the ref went Birthday Boy Captain Kilby
C.Kilby, K. Wigham
Well the positive is that we know what we need to do to beat them in the second round, and the three new players that took the field, welcome; Adam, Conor and welcome back Josh Ward! We unfortunately seemed to take the field without the required intensity in the opening exchanges, as the coach has correctly summised we got caught in a scrappy contest and didn’t not play to our strengths or the game plan. Unfortunately it was our own mistakes that allowed them to capitalise and let them takle a 10 nil lead into the break.
A classic tale of two halves we came out with more intensity and looked threatening throughout the majority but struggled to capitalise. Kilby touched a couple of blades of painted grass to get us registered first and after Kyle Wigham’s try (or was it his second, I missed the grounding) we took back the lead with Artie Maikin Converting from wide out, to give us a two point buffer. Lindfield then made their ditch attempt and converted eventually crossing our line after a series of penalties and or mistakes let them exert pressure for a period on our line. We made some effort to get back into the game and looked to threatening with only 2 or 3 minutes left but again alas it was our own mistakes that let us down.
Let’s get the whole squad together on Tuesday with two tough assignements in the coming weeks we travel to Oatley this weekend and host Barker the week after. We need to be at our best with our form team playing with intensity to register our intent in this competition.