Brothers have left Norths shell-shocked, as they embarked on a try-scoring frenzy to win The Battle of the Bush 82-12, in round 15 of Queensland Premier Rugby at Basset Park, Roma.
The Roma locals were treated to a masterclass in running rugby from the Brothers backline, piling on 12 tries against the hapless Eagles defence, with winger Giles Beveridge bagging five.
The kick-off set the tone of what was to come for Norths, when the Bretheren recovered their own kick and put Clynton Knox through for a try almost immediately.
Barely a minute later, Pierce Fitzgerald joined him on the tryscorers list in identical circumstances to put Brothers 14-0 ahead.
The Brethren lost their way temporarily, when a reckless defensive effort saw one of their own leave the field courtesy of a yellow card.
Norths seized the chance, chugging the ball up the middle of the ground and were rewarded with a series of penalties from the back-peddling defence.
Eagles captain Andy Weaver led the way for his team, capitalising on the momentum with a try next to the posts, setting the score at 14-7.
Any celebrations by Norths were short-lived, as Brothers regained their 15th man and mounted their response, which was nothing short of disastrous for Norths.
The Bretheren stormed up the guts of the field, brushing off a number of missed tackles before throwing the ball wide to Giles Beveridge to score – three times in a row.
Norths regained some composure in the closing minutes of the half, building pressure off the back of a dominant scrum.
They were rewarded for their perseverance, when space opened up down the sideline after a break from Veresa Mataitini and Loveni Enari took his chance to plant the ball down.
But even the siren couldn’t save Norths from the onslaught of tries, as Fitzgerald notched up his second after the hooter sounded. Sam Greene’s conversion set the score at 42-12 going into the break.
Brothers picked up where they left off in the second term, as they scored five tries inside the first 20 minutes of the second half – including a further two to Beveridge.
Greene’s remarkable day with the boot continued as well, as he landed his 9th straight successful conversion blowing the score out to 63-12.
North’s second-half woes were compounded further when an attempted shoulder charge earned a yellow card and some time on the sideline for their main attacking threat, Veresa Mataitini.
Tired from the constant defending and down to 14 men, Norths dug deep and managed a solid defensive effort in the final part of the game. But the Bretheren had not finished their try-scoring antics just yet.
James Carter, Mitch Felsman and Damon Murphy all found their way over the line in the final quarter to rub salt into the wound and cap off a stellar day for the Brethren.
The win sees them further solidify their hopes of a finals berth, as they prepare to face Easts in a match which will seal fourth spot for the men from Jack Ross Oval if they emerge with victory.
Brothers 82 (G Beveridge 5 tries P Fitzgerald 2 tries J Carter H Symes C Knox D Murphy M Felsman tries S Greene 11 cons) d Norths 12 (A Weaver L Enari tries J Harris con)