2016 Queensland Premier Rugby champions Brothers have fallen short of Sydney’s Shute Shield Premiers Norths in today’s Australian Club Championship clash at Crosby park, succumbing to a 27-5 loss.
With over 2,000 spectators turning out to one of the most historic Rugby grounds in Brisbane for the clash, Brothers only crossed for a single try through lock Ruben Wall, while two late tries in the final 10 minutes secured the win for the visitors.
Norths were physical at the breakdown and dominated territory, putting the home side under pressure throughout the match.
However Brothers staunch defence held Northern Suburbs at bay for the first 35 minutes of the game.
It took some individual brilliance from Con Foley to break the deadlock.
Some flare from former Aussie Sevens star Con Foley, originally from Brisbane, split a pair of Brothers defenders and he sprinted 30 metres to score under the posts and notch a 7-0 lead at half-time.
Brothers looked a different team from the outset of the second term and immediately made it one try each.
Right wing Will Shipperley combined with fullback Mitch Felsman, who threw a brilliant pass across the face of a Norths cover defender to put Wall in for a try.
Brothers return to form ended there. Successful penalties from Norths’ Harry Emery and late tries to Gary Baultz and George Murrin blew the score line out to 27-5.
“I thought they out played us in most facets of the game, especially at the breakdown and set piece,” said Brothers flyhalf Paddy James.
The inter-state match was an especially physical encounter, with many players from both sides left battered and bruised.
“I probably haven’t played at that intensity before, I think a few of the boys will be saw tomorrow.
“That will be really good for us heading into the Premier Rugby season though. I’m proud of the way the team kept putting in until the end, I couldn’t fault the boys efforts.”
University of Queensland and Sydney University met in the curtain raiser prior to the Australian Club Championship match, and the Red Heavies also fell to their NSW counterparts 47-26.
Tries: Foley, Baultz, Murrin
Cons: Emery, Murray 2
Pens: Emery 2