Wests v Brothers
Second-placed Brothers ran away with a convincing 48-14 victory over Wests, at Kenmore, on Saturday.
The Bulldogs were first to score with captain Tyrone Lefau dancing through Brothers’ defence for the first try of the match.
Brethren full back Patrick James responded with some great footwork of his own, after a Wests’ clearance kick failed to find the touch-line.
James was in again moments later, benefitting from some good lead-up work from his inside backs, before Wests hit back with a try out wide to Siaosi Lealifano.
Mitch Felsman put the visitors back in front with a successful penalty goal from right in front.
The speedy winger added further contribution, showing great speed down the touch line to set up a try for scrumhalf Angus Fowler.
In the last play of the first-half, Elih Baillie made up for a yellow-card received earlier in the match, fending his way through Wests’ defence, taking the score to 27-14 at half-time.
In his first appearance for Brothers Premier side in 2016, Niko Bueta opened the Brethren’s second half account, stepping his way through Wests’ defence.
Flanker Criff Tupou crossed for a try from close range before replacement Luke Williams put the nail-in-the-coffin with a try in the dying stages.
Brothers 48 (P James 2 tries C Tupou A Fowler E Baille N Beuta L Williams tries M Felsman pen 5 cons d Wests 14 (T Lefau S Lealiifano tries B Hutchinson 2 cons)