Round 7 - Premier Rugby Review - 8 / May / 2017

Brothers hold on in a thriller

Brothers secured a narrow 30-29 victory over GPS in their Round 6 clash at Crosby Park on Saturday.

After a successful afternoon of results for Brothers, the Premier Grade game was the knockout punch as the Brethren retained the Flynn-Lewis Memorial Challenge Shield.

An early penalty saw Brothers claim and three-point lead but GPS were quick to retaliate when James Herbert received a perfectly executed cross-field kick to score in the corner.

Brothers swung the ball wide for Will Shipperly to score and put the home side back in front.

Booming general play kicking gave GPS an advantage and winger Noa Tuqiri capitalised before loose-head prop Lainoe Mulikhaamea also scored to push GPS’ lead to 17-8 at the half-time break.

A hamstring injury to Brothers returning flyhalf Dallan Murphy saw Sam Hicks make his Premier Grade debut.

Brothers returned from half time with improved intensity and were rewarded with tries to George Partridge and fullback Patrick James.

Kris LaRosa showed his ability to control the game when he went over for a try in his debut game after a linking with Lock Emmanuel Meafou to extend Brothers’ lead to 30-17.

GPS fought back with two tries in the final two minutes to Nicholas Sykes and Steve Stagg but an unsuccessful conversion attempt by AJ Alatimu ensured the Brethren would hold on.

Brothers try scorer Will Shipperley was pleased with his team’s performance to hang on at the death.

“Today we had a conscious plan to use our speed and fitness in the back end of the game, so we were happy to weather the storm from GPS going into halftime and and come out in the second half like we did,” Shipperley said.

Shipperley also praised the debutants in stepping up and playing a significant role in the win.

“We are lucky to have some pretty good depth through the centers who can shift around in multiple positions. Kris came out and scored a try on debut and Sam came on at half time and had a really good game too.”

Brothers head to Chipsy Wood Oval next weekend to play Souths while GPS return home to Yoku Road to face Sunnybank.

Brothers 30 (P James, W Shipperley, G Partridge, K Larosa tries M Felsman 2 Con 2 Pen) def GPS 29 (L Mulikihaamea, N Tuqiri, J Herbert, N Skye's, S Stagg tries AJ Alatimu 2 Cons)

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