Brothers v Bond – Gold Park, Toowoomba
In Round 16, Brothers took their scheduled home fixture to Gold Park in Toowoomba and delivered Bond University a fatal blow, dashing the Gold Coast side’s hopes of their first final’s appearance with a 35-22 victory.
Knowing the importance of the match, Bond were first to score with a try to former Ireland U20 Oisin Heffernan.
But their lead was short-lived as Angus Fowler plucked an inside ball from damaging outside-centre Elih Baillie to get Brothers on the scoreboard.
Criff Tupou extended the Brethren’s lead, before Bond’s Mitch Third seized an opportunity for points, slotting a penalty goal to reduce Brothers’ lead.
The match started to see-saw as Bond outside centre Joel Rapana barged over, only for George Partridge to reply moments later for the Brethren.
Just minutes after half-time, Brothers Skipper Nathanuel Gendle looked to have sealed it early for his side.
But with their season quickly slipping away, Bond speedster Waylen Skipps reduced the deficit to six points with a classic intercept-try.
However, any hopes of last-minute victory were dashed when leading Premier Rugby try-scorer Mitch Felsman bagged his 20th for the year, finishing off a backline move for Brothers’ fifth try of the afternoon.
The win cemented Brothers place in the Premier Rugby finals, whilst also making it impossible for Bond to claim the hotly-contested fourth-place.
Brothers 35 (C Tupou A Fowler M Felsman N Gendle G Partridge tries M Felsman 5 cons) d Bond University 22 (O Heffernan E Rapana W Skips tries M Third pen 2 cons)