Brothers aiming to be at their best for Goodna challenge
GOODNA meet Brothers on Sunday in the Ipswich Rugby League A grade for the first time since their infamous round seven clash.
Then the game was called off early after an all-in brawl.
That was at Brothers home ground, this is at Goodna's Richardson Park, where things are usually more civil.
For Brothers five-eighth Fili Notoa it doesn't matter what happened last time, the expectation is the same.
"Goodna at Goodna is always going to be hard," he said.
"It's like playing a final.
"We just have to bring our A game every time we play out there."
Brothers only loss of the season came last time they played Goodna at Woogaroo Field in round three.
Since then they have won eight games straight and rarely been challenged.
Yet Notoa believes they have yet to approach their best.
"We still haven't hit form yet I don't think," he said.
"We've had players coming in and out which has made it hard to gel. With guys missing one or two weeks either getting dropped or injured."
This weekend would be a fine time for things to click and Notoa would not be surprised if they did.
"Hopefully this weekend we start gelling together," he said.
"We've only had one or two changes in the past couple of weeks so it is the same sort of side."
Notoa's load as playmaker has been lightened this year with Sam Kruger at lock playing as a second five-eighth.
"When we need to go wide he's there to go wide and knows how to play the short game too," Notoa said.
Even more impressive in Notoa's eyes has been the performance of Brothers forwards this season.
"Our forward pack has been pretty good," he said. "They've been laying the platform for us."
They will have to against Goodna for Brothers to come away with the win, with Notoa rating discipline the key.
"It will be our defence and discipline," he said. "Other than that we should be right."