Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

FIRST BLOOD T0 BROTHERS UNIT; Fassifern Unconcerned by Replay Loss

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

FIRST BLOOD T0 BROTHERS UNIT; Fassifern Unconcerned by Replay Loss

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Byline: Jay Buchan jaybuchan@qt.com.au

SATURDAYCOS Ipswich Rugby League grand final replay resulted in first blood to Brothers.

But it was hardly a dent to FassifernCOs title aspirations, with both teams likely to come away encouraged by the encounter.

Brothers won 24-16 after scores were locked 12-all at halftime.

Fassifern skipper Andrew Walker was not discouraged by the loss, knowing that to take Brothers so close in the opening round while below their best was a good sign.

C[pounds sterling]It was a good hit-out,C[yen] Walker said.

C[pounds sterling]TheyCOd had about five trials and it was only our second hit-out really.C[yen]

So it was no surprise that Fassifern fell down in some of the basics Co the sort of things which Brothers make a habit of doing well Co like completing sets.

C[pounds sterling]We gave Brothers too much ball and you canCOt do that,C[yen] Walker said of his teamCOs biggest shortcoming.

C[pounds sterling]TheyCOve really muscled up a bit in the forwards.C[yen]

Walker was referring to the BrethrenCOs new signings from Logan Brothers, Josh Afoa and Charles Tavo.

The Bombers completed just six of 15 sets in the first half so were fortunate to be level on the scoreboard at the break.

C[pounds sterling]I said at halftime that it was a bonus we were still in the game,C[yen] Walker said.

C[pounds sterling]Other teams would have rolled over.C[yen]

Fassifern scored first in the second half to take the lead but Brothers finished the stronger.

C[pounds sterling]There was four points in the game until the last eight minutes,C[yen] Walker said.

C[pounds sterling]Then we made some errors on our line.

C[pounds sterling]We tried to throw the ball wide too early.

C[pounds sterling]You canCOt give Brothers such opportunities.

C[pounds sterling]The only times they scored were when we gave them the ball in our red zone. …

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