Brothers win the Northern derby
By Bridget McLean
Brothers have come away with a narrow one-point victory over a determined Norths side, claiming a 22-21 triumph in Round 4 of Queensland Premier Rugby at Jack Ross Oval.
It was a special day for Brothers lock Ted Postal, who led his team out of the sheds for his 50th Premier Grade cap.
“It is a big achievement to get my 50th cap, I am very happy. I have been here my whole life, it’s a club that has a big heart and it’s a great bunch to play with,” Postal said.
Brothers were under pressure from the start when Norths winger Veresa Mataitini capitalised on a mistake off the Brothers boot.
Brothers fired back when Will Shipperley broke through the Norths line after a lineout, putting Reuben Wall over for Brothers first try of the match.
Norths took a 14-7 lead when Shane Tasi pushed over after a breakaway from the scrum.
Brothers responded when winger George Partridge weaved his way through the defensive line.
Norths prop AJ Campbell was sent to the sin bin and Brothers capitalised when Francois Postal crossed for a push over try before half time.
After the break, Norths flanker Suala Vuaca crossed and Michael Burke nailed to conversion to put the visitors ahead.
With the game on a knife’s edge Norths were penalised for a deliberate knockdown and Mitch Felsman stepped up to slot the penalty goal and put Brothers ahead by one point.
Ted Postal said, “It was a tough game, Norths brought it to us from the get go. They have big bodies, and they played to their strengths.”
“It definitely was a grudge match, they’re just up the road from us so it’s always been a grudge match, both teams give 100%,” he said.
Norths will host University of Queensland in Round while Brothers will have the week off before also hosting UQ in Round 6.
Brothers 22 (W Shipperley, F Postal, R Wall, tries; M Felsman pen, 2 cons) d Norths 21 (S Tasi, S Vuaca, V Mataitini tries; M Burke 3 cons)