Glorious sunshine for this weekend's game at Roseville Chase where we hosted Renegades Rugby for the Halligan's and Dee Why in the Meldrum Cup.
A bit of something each way this weekend with 2s nearly getting over Rouse Hill and 1s showing a clean pair of heels to Dee Why.
Congratulations to Declan Ward who ran out for his 100th game at only 22 years of age. There's some talk he may be the youngest player in the club to reach this milestone. Well done Declan.
Next week we are away at Macquarie University.
We look forward to seeing all our supporters there.
ZUMBA ZUMBA ZEY!
On a day where we paused to remember one of our own, we delivered a game worthy of the occasion.
Joseva Bilo again dominated the score sheet with another hat-trick, from fullback with space and vision the man can create. He called a play from the back of our scrum feed, Matt Norman reacted with a pick and go to the short side, a good draw and pass to Michael Handley and slick pass onto Jo, with a swerve, a fend off and a step the man was gone, under the post. The opposition had no real answer to the onslaught but credit to them they kept playing and even managed to score a try.
With Rich Barnett moving to play maker and Michael starting at half back, the pair didn’t miss a beat today, always keeping the opposition guessing or hassling their scrum feeds. Rich took advantage of space out wide with some deft passing, the outside backs complimenting his passing game with straight running and accurate short passes. Some great inter-plays today leading to some beautiful tries. Forwards were close to their best today, scrums and line out were sound. Pleasing to see the execution of our system off the kick offs.
Hard to pick the points this week given the score line.
Lastly congratulations to Declan Ward bringing up his century, great club man.
3- Rich Barnett - Took control of the game from start to finish. Even stepping up and taking a penalty just to keep pressure on opposition.
2- All the forwards - Set the platform and executed well.
1- Rest of the backs - Some beautiful passing and running game to convert possession into points.
An early start for Brothers at Roseville Chase Oval yesterday as they hosted a travelling Renegades side. Pre-match, a poignant minute's silence was held in memory of a brave young brother, Sailosi Waqatairewa who at the young age of 27, sadly recently lost his battle with Cancer.
In a contest that the home side could, and probably should have, won there were several elements that didn’t quite click on the day. However there were some good performances and some positive moments to take some good feeling into next week and continue recent positive momentum.
Club stalwart Michael Summers scored a solid second half brace to bring the team back into a game that had looked like slipping away, putting up a good fight and some decent leg drive to get over for a first, and then some good footwork and shifting the ball away from his opponent to burst the line for a second. Strong individual runs continued to be a prevalent factor throughout the team and working on better supporting those breaks will be a focus at training.
On the injury front, we have sadly lost strong running Fijian winger Daniel Shabach who is out for the rest of the season with a dislocated break of the ankle, sustained during the first half of play.
Plenty to look forward to next week as we look to hit the heights of the Brothers winning song once more.
The points this week go to;
1- Finn Hutchison - Absolute workhorse around the field and rose to upset the opposition lineout time and again.
2- Pio Sokobalavu - Made hard yards through the middle and gave plenty of go forward ball. Was a real handful for the opposition centres and back row.
3- Michael Summers - Came on for the injured Daniel Shabach and made quite the impact!