Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Premiers Brothers Shock Souths in Vital Mercury Cup Encounter

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Premiers Brothers Shock Souths in Vital Mercury Cup Encounter

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Byline: Sally Boxall sally.boxall@dailymercury.com.au

BROTHERS created a stirring upset and proved they are still in title contention after a 28-20 victory over competition frontrunners Souths in round 15 of the Mercury Cup at Shark Park yesterday.

"It was a very important win for us," Brothers president Michael Harris said.

Not only will the victory serve as a timely confidence booster for the side, it also ensures they can still make the finals after the Whitsunday Brahmans collected a win at the weekend as well.

Both teams are now on 14 competition points in equal fifth position.

In yesterday's game, Brothers posted the first points of the match to lead 4-0, but Souths were soon on the scoreboard and took a 14-4 advantage into half-time.

When the Sharks scored again after the break to lead 20-4, Harris admitted it was "touch and go" as to whether Brothers could hold on and not let the score blow out.

"But we scored next and that kept us in the hunt," Harris said.

Brothers crossed a couple more times to take their eight-point lead, which they held on to at the final siren.

Harris said Adam Roney, Blake Hinschen and Jade Cocup were the stand-outs for the Brethren.

"But everyone played well - it was a good all-round effort," he said.

"The boys really aimed up."

It was the first time this season Brothers have defeated any of the higher-ranked teams in the competition.

Glenella upset

THERE was another surprise victory at Sologinkin Oval yesterday when seventh-placed Magpies held on for a 30-28 triumph over the second-placed Sarina Crocodiles.

After the scores were locked at 18-all at half-time, Magpies had a six-point lead with minutes left.

Following a scuffle in the last minute that saw Sarina's Quinton Fielder and Magpies' Simmie Loban sent off, the Crocodiles got the ball back and scored on the siren to close the gap to two points.

But an unsuccessful conversion ensured Magpies got the win - just their second this season. …

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