Brothers dominate GPS on Old Boys Day - 24 / Jul / 2014
Brothers still alive in race for top two finish
Brothers have clinched a stunning 35-24 victory over GPS at Jack Ross Oval in round 17 of Queensland Premier Rugby, which has kept them within striking distance of second placed Sunnybank ahead of the final round of Queensland Premier Rugby this Saturday.
The home side, who hosted their Annual Old Boys Day, were under pressure from the kick-off with most play being in their quarter.
St. George Queensland Reds player Chris Kuridrani was first to put points on the board for GPS and crossed in the left-hand corner.
GPS fullback Semiti Tela added another five points to his teams tally following a try shortly after.
A yellow card to Queensland Reds player Saia Faingaa worked in favour of Brothers, with standout performer Giles Beveridge scoring a five-pointer.
Sam Greene’s conversion was not successful but his try following a dummy to the outside wing minutes later put points on the board for his team nevertheless.
Just two penalty goals separated the rivals at half time, with Brothers leading 18-12 going into the second half.
Giles Beveridge then extended his side’s lead by crossing for the second time in the game.
GPS’ Isaac Weier responded promptly by scoring a five-pointer of his own which closed the gap to 28-17.
Brothers’ characteristically good defence was evident throughout the game and head coach Anthony Mathison acknowledged this.
“Our defensive effort in the first half was particularly strong,” Mathison said
“We were under a lot of pressure but were really able to hang in there which was pleasing.”
Brothers’ Clynton Knox then crossed once more for the home side to open up a 18 point lead.
GPS’ Phil Kite scored in the final minutes but it was not enough for the Gallopers, as the Brethren ran out 35-24 victors.
“We need to improve our breakdown work – particularly in attack – in preparation for next week,” Mathison said.
“Our lineout execution also needs work before we meet University.”
GPS will face Sunnybank next week and Brothers will head to St. Lucia to take on minor premiers and long-standing rivals, University.
Brothers 35 (G Beveridge 2 tries S Greene C Knox tries S Greene 3 cons 3 pens) d GPS 24 (P Kite C Kuridrani I Weier S Tela tries J Tuttle 2 cons)