Brothers battle in final chase
BROTHERS Under 18s have to take the long route if they hope to reach the grand final after losing their semi-final 42-32 to Goodna on Sunday.
“It was a little bit disappointing,” Brothers coach Jai Beutel said.
“We shot ourselves in the foot.
“Our ball control let us down.”
Luck also deserted Brothers, which may have had something to do with the rest of their downfall.
“There were a couple of frustrating things,” Beutel said.
“They scored from a kick from a scrum on half-way.
“Stuff was coming off for them all day and not much was working for us.
“What we did we had to really work for it to come off.”
Beutel was disappointed with the room Brothers allowed Goodna half-back William Oloitoa to operate in.
“Every time he had the ball he had all the time in the world and was able to pick up (centre Ashok Kumar) and their fullback (Raymond Teawa),” he said.
Both Kumar and Teawa crossed for two tries.
Any similar liberties afforded to South Burnett, who knocked out Swifts last weekend, on Saturday could end Brothers' season.
“We've got to keep the ball away from them,” Beutel said.
“If we play field good position and complete our sets we should wrap it up.”
Beutel believes that if Brothers avoid silly errors they have the arsenal to put most teams away, as shown in the 32 points they scored against Goodna.
“In patches our attack was good,” Beutel said.
“Our ball control was good on their line.
“Once we got up there they knew what to do.”
It all comes back to attitude and Beutel sensed his team's wasn't quite right against Goodna.
“From the kick-off we dropped it and they scored a try,” he said
“We gave away silly penalties at crucial times and made mistakes at the wrong end of the field.
“Goodna didn't have to work to get to our end of the field.”
Brothers play South Burnett on Saturday at 4pm and Goodna plays West End at noon Sunday, both at the North Ipswich Reserve.