Round 18 - Premier Rugby Review - 1 / Aug / 2017

Brothers fight till the end

Brothers have defeated Sunnybank in their last game of the 2017 season coming away with a 36-34 win over Sunnybank.

Brothers secured the win in the final minute of the game when captain Nathanuel Gendle linked with Elih Ballie to go under the posts for before a successful conversion secured the win.

Brothers started on the front foot going over for the first try of the game when a set play put Lorenzo Skelton over to put the home team in front 5-0.

Sunnybank were quick to respond with rapid moves from the flyhalf Jake Strachan with who converted his own try to put Sunnybank in front 7-5.

Brothers lock Emmanuel Meafou powered through the line to link with trailing prop Tom Moloney to put brothers back in front 10-7.

Brothers didn’t stop there, with Tom Sayer pushing over for his first try after a breakaway from speedster Will Shipperley, conversation unsuccessful, Brothers 15-7.

Coming into half time Sunnybank received a penalty in front which reduced the Brethren’s lead to 15-at the break.

Sunnybank turned up the heat after the break with Jeffrey Faamausili crossing for the first try of the second half, with an unsuccessful conversion leaving the game tied at 15-all.

Sunnybank continued the pressure when they received a penalty, using quick hands through the line to find left winger Joey Fittock, giving the dragons a 22-15 lead.

A swift response from Brothers saw the home side use the weight off their scrum to put Sayer over for his second try of the game. Conversion didn’t seem to be going well for both teams with another unsuccessful conversion levelling the score at 22-22.

With Sunnybank looking forward to the semi-finals they pushed the limits by putting two consecutive tries on Brothers. Issak Fines-Leleiwasa broke away from a scrum to score with a successful conversion and Fittock went over for his second of the game to put Sunnybank ahead 32-22.

Chasing the Sunnybank lead, Brothers persisted with two penalties and kept their discipline to push Ted Postal over and a successful conversion from new kicker Elih Baillie brought Brothers to 29 points.

Brothers pipped Sunnybank at the post with a successful try and conversation from Elih Baillie to finish the season on a high.

Sunnybank takes on Wests next week in the first round of finals at Ballymore on Sunday the 6 August.

Brothers 36 (T. Sayer 2 tries, T. Moloney, P. James, T. Postal, L.Skelton tries, E.Baillie 3 conv) d Sunnybank 34 (J. Fittock 2 tries, J. Faamausili, I. Fines, J. Strachen tries, J. Strachen 3 conv 1 pen)

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