Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Dyer's Return Helps Lift Brothers; Centre's Second-Half Collision Knocks out Chargers Hooker

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Dyer's Return Helps Lift Brothers; Centre's Second-Half Collision Knocks out Chargers Hooker

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Byline: Guy Williams tmbsport@capnews.com.au

LOCAL LEAGUE

Round 11- A-grade

Brothers 30 def CQU Norths Charger 26

Yeppoon Seagulls 32 def Fitzroy Gracemere Sharks 14

Under-20

Brothers 52 def CQU Norths Chargers 0

Yeppoon Seagulls 28 def Fitzroy Gracemere 10

Reserve grade

CQU Norths Chargers 26 def Brothers 22

Yeppoon Seagulls 20 drew with Fitzroy Gracemere 20

RUGBY LEAGUE: Central Comets recruit Luke Dyer made a successful return to rugby league following an eight-week stint on the sidelines, while there are concerns over CQU Norths hooker Chris Saunders after the 20-year-old was taken to hospital following a nasty collision on Saturday night.

Dyer slotted in at left centre and played a hand in Rockhampton Brothers come-from-behind 30-26 win over CQU Norths Chargers at Rockhampton's Browne Park.

Saunders was knocked unconscious midway through the second half after a collision with Comets squad mate Dyer.

Play was halted for 25 minutes before the ambulance arrived and took the youngster off to hospital.

Saunders, who was unconscious for four minutes, said yesterday scans cleared him of any serious damage.

aThey did a couple X-rays to check out my neck, and a CT scan and there was nothing on either of them,a he said.

After Saunders left the field, the Chargers led 26-24 before Dyer linked with young winger Michael Dickson, who dived over in the corner to give Brothers a 28-26 lead with 11 minutes remaining.

In his debut match in the Rockhampton Senior Rugby League, 18-year-old halfback Wes Barrie slotted the conversion from the left-hand touchline to give Brothers a four-point buffer and seal the win.

Despite the loss, Chargers captain Anthony Toby said there were plenty of positives to take out of the match.

aIt was a good effort from the boys,a he said.

aThere was a ton of big efforts out there. Matthew Jarvis played the full 80 (minutes), there were a few blokes that were struggling but they kept going.

aThe boys are starting to realise they can compete with the better sides in the competition.a

In encouraging signs for the Chargers, the home side started the better of the two sides, with second rower Luke Atkinson and winger Tristan Saunders scoring early to give the Chargers a 10-0 lead in cool conditions. …

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