Major Semi-Final – University of Queensland v Brothers
Brothers are through to their first BLK Queensland Premier Rugby grand final since 2011, after claiming a clinical 18-10 upset over University of Queensland at Ballymore.
After bowing out in the minor semi-final for the past three years, Brothers captain and stalwart of the club, Nathanuel Gendle, was happy to see his beloved club back in the grand final.
“There is young players who have benefitted from those experiences. We’ve gone through tough losses and hard games to go straight through to the major semi-final this year and to go straight through to the grand final is huge for the club,” Gendle said.
The Red Heavies usually dominant backrow were met by an aggressive and accurate Brothers forward pack, who forced University into a number handling errors.
Mitch Felsman slotted an early penalty goal, but University sharp shooter Tom Pincus responded with a three pointer of his own to level the score at 3-all early in the match.
University crossed for the first try through winger Jock Campbell, before Brothers and St.George Queensland Reds prop, Taniela Tupou, busted his way through the Red Heavies defence.
A late first-half penalty goal to Mitch Felsman handed the Brethren a 13-10 lead as the teams headed into the sheds. `
Early in the second-half Brothers began to dominate University's piece, but couldn’t convert pressure into points. Unsuccessful penalty attempts from both Felsman and Pincus kept the scores at 13-10.
Brothers finally found a chink in University’s defence, with winger George Partridge crossing in the corner with 10 minutes remaining, giving the Brethren an 18-10 lead.
Brothers held on and handed University their first defeat since Round 1 of the season. Gendle was glad his side executed their gameplan.
“I feel really good about the game. We stuck to our gameplan, limited Uni’s opportunities, which we knew we had to do, and came away with the win in the end,” he said.
Tupou was named the Musashi High Performer (Man of the Match) for Brothers.
University will now face Sunnybank in the preliminary final next week at Ballymore.
Major Semi Final: Brothers 18 (T Tupou, G Partridge tries; M Felsman con, 2 pens) def University of Queensland 10 (J Campbell try; T Pincus con, pen)